Next step?

Contact us to discuss
what we could do for you.

You can find out more about how we will use your information by reading our Privacy Policy.

Natasha hunt – England Rugby scrum-half

A blog from Natasha Hunt on her journey to becoming a England rugby scrum-half and what is next for the Red Roses.


When I was 15 I stood in my Grandma’s kitchen and told her that one day I wanted to play for England. At this age I didn’t know what sport I might be able to make it in (if any!) I just knew that I wanted to compete at the highest level.


I wasted no time in my teenage years trying as many sports as possible. After a semi-successful netball career that was stunted due to my ambitions unfortunately being greater than my height, I decided to embark on a new sporting challenge.

Having previously turned my hand to rugby at my local club, I jumped at the chance to get back into the game when my former PE teacher mentioned it. That first season turned into England U20 squad selection. Receiving my England kit bag was a moment of pure elation. After one season with the squad and an inspirational coach, I wanted nothing more than to receive that full England cap.


Since achieving that dream in 2011, I have been extremely fortunate to see the growth of women’s rugby first hand. There was a time when our predecessors had to pay to be involved in the country’s female rugby team. Now I am embarking on my third year of a full-time professional contract, and every day I remind myself how lucky I am.

Achieving the World Cup win in 2014 with the whole squad attempting to maintain a full-time job was no mean feat. Days were long, often lasting over 16 hours, but within the group we knew everyone was doing their bit to keep us on a World Cup-winning track so no matter how tired, you knew that around the country your teammates would be giving everything.


Although I have seen immense change in the introduction of full-time contracts, playing international rugby alongside working full time took a huge amount of organisation and effort, it is always worth it to pull on that England shirt and wear the rose. The sense of pride and achievement when running out to represent your country is immense, and to do this alongside your best friends is amazing!

I play rugby for enjoyment, and because I love the competition and challenge that the game brings.

Participating in the Olympics was a fantastic opportunity both for me personally, and to bring global attention to our wonderful game. The intensity of the tournament was immense and such a privilege to be a part of. I learnt that no matter how much you set your sights on something you always need to keep it in perspective. Without perspective I would still be devastated on missing out on a medal we knew was attainable.

In actual fact we came fourth, made a bronze medal match final and represented Team GB on the world’s greatest sporting stage. Additionally what that did for women’s rugby in the country is an incredible achievement in itself.
The pride we shared as a team was immense, and I cannot wait for the opportunity to come back to 15s and defend the World Cup title in Ireland next year.


Participating in the Olympics was a fantastic opportunity both for me personally, and to bring global attention to our wonderful game. The intensity of the tournament was immense and such a privilege to be a part of. I learnt that no matter how much you set your sights on something you always need to keep it in perspective. Without perspective I would still be devastated on missing out on a medal we knew was attainable.

In actual fact we came fourth, made a bronze medal match final and represented Team GB on the world’s greatest sporting stage. Additionally what that did for women’s rugby in the country is an incredible achievement in itself.
The pride we shared as a team was immense, and I cannot wait for the opportunity to come back to 15s and defend the World Cup title in Ireland next year.


There is so much more to achieve and it feels like this is the start of a new journey for England Women. What the Red Roses face now is a year of determination, resilience and motivation. We know what it takes to win a World Cup, we know how much the competition want it too and most of all we know how much support there is behind us, and that will keep spurring us on over the coming months.