The Rugby Football Union has revealed the full squad of England Women’s players to be awarded full-time professional contracts for the 2019 season in what is being heralded as a “revolutionary” moment for the women’s game.
The 28 full-time and seven part-time contracts are part of the union’s ambitious strategy to reclaim the World Cup in New Zealand in 2021.
Captain Sarah Hunter, one of those to be given a full-time deal, believes this is a historic moment for the women’s game and one she did not think would happen so swiftly.
“This is a huge day for all of us who have been selected in the squad,” she said. “It is something in my playing career that I didn’t think would probably happen,…