I was once chatted up by a guy at a bar who didn't even try hide his surprise that I played rugby. He was more concerned at letting me know that I was a girl and it's a rough sport, in case I hadn't realised. I explained to him that your gender shouldn't stop you playing a contact sport, and sent him packing.
As we head towards our first anniversary, Sportswomen returned to the all new Sky Sports News HQ studio for a third series today at the new time of 11.30am. This series of the show promises to showcase the very best in women's' sport and there couldn't be a better time for us to return! This summer produced some of the best ever results in women's sport and we're excited to be able to celebrate key successes.
England Women came home on Monday after beating Canada 21-9 in the World Cup Final... Their victory has been hailed as a giant step forwards for women in sport, especially for women's rugby in England. Here are three lessons we can all learn from the England Women's Rugby team...
As I sat there watching the last few seconds tick ever closer to confirming England's place a-top of the Women's Rugby Union World, I asked, we aren't that bad at sport are we? ... we are actually in a golden period for British sport. If you go through the most popular sports in the UK, you will find we have world beaters everywhere, including football.
England Champions of the World, England Women World Cup Champions, England Women World Cup Winners, however you choose to phrase it, we will never tire of hearing it... this Women's Rugby World Cup catapults the sport forward in the UK and across the world and leaves a legacy that changes the Women's Rugby, for the better, forever.
It was a smashing victory for England, but the show was quickly stolen by the second semi-final of the evening, France vs Canada... Both semi-finals showcased some of the best talent in the Women's Rugby world. Here are some of my standout players from the two matches.
England have featured in 5 of the 6 tightly contested Women's Rugby World Cup finals since its inauguration in 1991, being named champions just once in 1994... England haven't had a very happy summer of sport, and England Women's Rugby stand a good chance at grasping international glory in the coming weeks.