Drybrook's Natasha Hunt ready for World Cup defence

By Liam Ryder in Rugby

THE Forest could have a two-time World Cup winner by the end of August after Natasha Hunt was called up to help England defend their title this summer.

Hunt will travel with England to Ireland ahead of the Women’s Rugby World Cup having been picked as part of an experienced squad.

As many as 15 members of the squad won the World Cup in France in 2014, while Hunt is joined by fellow Olympians Katy Mclean, Emily Scott, Danielle Waterman and Amy Wilson-Hardy.

World Rugby Women’s Player of the Year 2016 Sarah Hunter will captain the side, having led the Red Roses to their first Six Nations Grand Slam since 2012 earlier this year.

The Red Roses are unbeaten in 2017 having recently returned from New Zealand, where victories over their hosts, Australia and Canada in the International Women’s Rugby Series saw England replace the Black Ferns at the of the World Rugby Women’s Rankings.

England take on Spain, Italy and USA in Pool B.

“We are confident we have an incredibly strong squad, made up of hugely experienced players who have featured in previous Women’s Rugby World Cups and other major tournaments such as the Olympics,” said England head coach Simon Middleton.

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