Rugby Union - England women turn pro

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Rugby Union - England women turn pro
England's captain flyhalf Katy McLean raise the trophy after winning the IRB Women's Rugby World Cup final match between England and Canada at the Jean Bouin Stadium in Paris on August 17, 2014. England won 21-9. AFP PHOTO / ALAIN JOCARD (AFP Photo/ALAIN JOCARD)

- England's leading women rugby union players will have the chance to become professionals for the first time next month, the Rugby Football Union announced Monday.

Following England's recent victory in the Women's World Cup final, the RFU will issue 20 central contracts to create a fully professional sevens squad ahead of the abbreviated game's Olympic debut at the 2016 Games in Rio.

Earlier this month, England's amateurs won the Women's World Cup for the second time, beating France 21-9 in the final in Paris.

Now 12 members of that squad will be among the 20 receiving full-time funding, with England's World Cup-winning captain Katy McLean set to give up her day job as a teacher.


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