Jul 28, 2014
Alphonsi looking to end 'years of hurt'
Saracens Women’s & England Women’s star Maggie Alphonsi MBE is currently preparing for next months Woman's Rugby World Cup in France.
Along with Rachael Burford, lock Tamara Taylor, full back Danielle Waterman and prop Rochelle Clark, Maggie 'The Machine' Alphonsi will be appearing in her third Women's Rugby World Cup finals, and the 30 year-old flanker is hoping that the 2014 tournament will end “eight years of hurt” as England Woman’s team still hunt an elusive World Cup win.
Speaking to the Talking Rugby RFU podcast, Alphonsi said; “I was involved in 2006, got to the final and lost, and that was a driver for me for the next World Cup. Effectively I’ve had eight years of hurt, so if anything I’m more motivated because getting to a final is an amazing experience but to win a final is what you want to achieve.
“After the last World Cup Final in England, to lose in front of 14,000 people was heart-breaking, so these four years since have been really tough. I’ve had ups and downs with injuries but to be here now and to finally get a second opportunity to go out there and do a good job is great. I’m really motivated and up for it.
She added; “We’ve got a really strong confident side now. This time is the right time”.