Loughborough Sport have announced that Red Roses captain Sarah Hunter will join Loughborough Lightning as assistant coach and player for the inaugural Tyrrells Premier 15s competition starting on 16 September.
Having captained England Women in the Women’s Rugby World Cup final in August Hunter has had her fair share of success throughout her playing career.
With an impressive 97 caps and an MBE for services to rugby, the Loughborough University alumna was voted 2016 World Rugby Women’s Player of the Year before captaining her side to Grand Slam victory in the 2017 Six Nations.
And Hunter said she was hugely excited at starting the role at her new club.
“I’m absolutely delighted to have been appointed to the coaching team at Loughborough,” said Hunter.
“I'm really excited by the prospect of being able to play a significant part in ensuring Loughborough's mission statement of 'being the best development environment in the world' is achieved.
“Although Loughborough have insisted that I take a break after the Women’s Rugby World Cup I can't wait to get started.”
Loughborough Lightning kick-start their season on home turf on Saturday 16 September as part of their ‘Double Header’ event with Loughborough Students, the National One side.