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Women's Rugby Union Daley-Mclean wants to see more women playing rugby

WORLD CUP winner Katy Daley-Mclean is leading the recruitment drive to find more women rugby players.

England Rugby's Inner Warrior Camps have already attracted 10,500 women, 2,500 above the target, in their first two years.

The Rugby Football Union's drive is now in its third year, seeking to add to the 3,500 women and girls who have picked up a rugby ball for the first time, which has contributed to 41 new female clubs being established.

Daley-Mclean, a World Cup winner with England in 2014 and runner-up last year as New Zealand won, said: "The World Cup was another amazing spectacle for our game.

"We got to the final and it wasn't the result we wanted, but, in terms of growing the game and creating a legacy, giving young girls the opportunity to play, the game is in a really good place.

"Ultimately what you want is more players. That's going to mean there's going to be more for the England coaches to pick from as well."

Daley-Mclean, a qualified PE teacher, has been a full-time professional since 2014.

She was in Great Britain's Olympics sevens team, but does not have a central contract for 2018.

The 32-year-old fly half from Newcastle hopes to continue to play international rugby and to inspire players to follow in her footsteps.

"I've been very privileged to play a game that I love and I've been privileged to do that as my job," she added.

"If we can give back and inspire a new generation, hopefully, if a bunch of girls in Newcastle can be inspired, that would be amazing."

The 2018 camps run from January 12 to 28.

Female participation in rugby has increased 215 per cent since 2013, making it one of the fastest growing team sports for women in England. 

"As part of the 2017-21 funding agreement with Sport England and our new Women and Girls Action Plan, the RFU is looking to significantly expand the number of women and girls participating in grassroots rugby across England and the Warrior Camps are instrumental in supporting this growth," said RFU rugby development director Steve Grainger last week. 

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