Wilson the wizz gets England into Rugby World Cup final

Another day, another sporting world-beater from Croydon.

England wing Kay Wilson: began her rugby career playing at Hamsey Green

England wing Kay Wilson: began her rugby career playing at Hamsey Green

England will play in the Women’s Rugby World Cup final against Canada in Paris on Sunday, with former Warlingham player, Kay Wilson, being the side’s joint top try-scorer.

England beat Ireland 40-7 in yesterday’s semi-final, with Wilson again on the scoresheet, her fourth try of the tournament.

It will be the fourth consecutive World Cup final for England’s women. But they have lost on the three previous occasions, each time to New Zealand. This year, the All Blacks were knocked out of the tournament by Ireland.

In yesterday’s other semi-final, Canada beat hosts France 18-16, and they will present a tough challenge to England in Sunday’s final at the Stade Jean-Bouin: when the two sides met previously, in a group game in Paris last week, they played a 13-13 draw.

Flying winger Wilson, 22, is playing in her first World Cup. She in her final year of a degree course at Cardiff Met University. She started out in rugby at Warlingham, taking part in minis rugby playing alongside the boys at Hamsey Green.

An established international now with 30 caps, Wilson has a strong background in playing Rugby 7s and has the chance of taking part in the sport’s Olympic debut in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

If Wilson and her England team mates are successful in winning the World Cup on Sunday, it will lay down a challenge for another product of the Warlingham junior set-up ahead of next year’s men’s World Cup: the England men’s captain Chris Robshaw learned his rugby on the Hamsey Green playing fields, too.

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