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Waterman calls time on 15 years with England

Waterman calls time on 15 years with England

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England’s Danielle Waterman has announced her retirement from international rugby, bringing an end to a stellar career with the Red Roses.

England’s Danielle Waterman has announced her retirement from international rugby, bringing an end to a stellar career with the Red Roses.

Waterman, who can play as a full-back or winger, won 82 caps over the course of 15 years, making her debut as an 18-year-old against Ireland in 2003, England’s youngest ever player at the time.

The 33-year-old was part of seven successful Women’s Six Nations campaigns with England, the most recent coming in 2017 when she helped her side to the Grand Slam.

Waterman ends her international career as England’s sixth-highest capped player, while she scored 47 tries for her country as well as being part of their 2014 Women’s World Cup-winning team.

“It has been an incredible journey and a true honour to be a Red Rose for the past 15 years,” Waterman said.

“It’s been a huge privilege to have not only played alongside and against some of the best players in the world, but to have been part of the huge development and progression of women’s international rugby.

“I have made lifelong friends through playing for my country and the time spent with my teammates through the highs and the lows are the moments I will miss the most.”
 


Waterman, whose father Jim made over 450 appearances for English club Bath, played in four Women’s Rugby World Cups in total, while she also represented Great Britain sevens at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Her last appearance for England came against Ireland in March on the final day of the 2018 Women’s Six Nations and she marked the occasion at Coventry by scoring the opening try in her side’s 33-11 victory.

Waterman will continue to play for her club side Wasps next season in the Tyrrells Premier 15s.

England Women’s head coach Simon Middleton said: “When you put an England shirt on you’ve got to play with everything you’ve got.

“She’s incredibly skilful, incredibly athletic but more than anything she’s probably the bravest player I’ve ever seen on a rugby field.

“Some of the tackles she’s made and some of the tries she’s scored will live forever in my memory as a coach.

“It’s been a pleasure working with her. She’s been an absolute inspiration to coach and she’s an inspiration for anybody that’s watched her play. She’s what an England player should be.”