England try scoring machine Kay Wilson announces international retirement


Try-scoring maestro Kay Wilson has announced her international retirement from the England Women’s team, effective immediately.

Wilson scored 32 tries in 49 Tests after making her debut in 2011 in a career that included a Women’s Rugby World Cup triumph three years ago.

The England winger made headlines during this year’s Six Nations by scoring seven tries in the Red Roses’ win over Scotland, becoming the first player in history to score four first-half tries in the competition.

“I genuinely didn’t think I would ever get one cap for England so to finish my career on 49 is something that I am really proud of,” Wilson said.

“I’ve been very fortunate to have played in two World Cups, win two Six Nations Grand Slams and meet and play alongside some amazing people, but now I feel it’s time for the next chapter in my life.”

England Women head coach Simon Middleton said: “Kay is a world-class player and role model for women’s rugby who has inspired many young players to get involved in the game. We wish her all the best with her next endeavour.”

Middleton has named an extended squad of 43 players for a training camp in Bisham Abbey this weekend ahead of a three-Test series against Canada next month.

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