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Hunter on reaching 100 caps

Red Roses captain Sarah Hunter captain says she had a night full of emotion in the second Old Mutual Wealth Series win over Canada as she reached 100 caps.

The 32-year-old forward put in a usual high performance of carrying and defensive work as she became the fourth England Women player to reach a century of appearances.

“I’ve had some ups and downs today but I’ve tried to hold it together," she said.

“I had some wise words of just play the game and not the occasion but there’s been moments of time where I’ve just lost it - the anthem was one of them, seeing my family in the crowd meant a lot of deep breaths.

“Then the moment when I came off and sat on the sideline and could just take it all in, it all got a bit to me and I think the occasion finally sank in.

“You always want to win any game but for your 100th cap you want to it to be memorable and make sure you get a win."

Continual development

After a 79-5 win over Canada in the first Test, England ran in eight tries at Twickenham Stoop in the 49-12 victory to set up the chance of a 3-0 series whitewash.

Seven players made their first appearances for England in the opening Test with Jo Brown, Catherine O'Donnell and Lagi Tuima getting their first caps in the second and scrum half Leanne Riley says they bring an extra dimension to the squad.

“The young girls have settled in really well, there are probably more of them than there are of us now and I’m saying us as in I’m an old one," she joked.

“There’s a really good feel in camp, everything’s been really positive, training’s been going really well and ultimately we’re just focusing on our performance.

“We’re our hardest critics so we want to take this game forward and we feel we did tonight.

"We wanted to build from what we did on Friday and there was a bit of sad end there as we didn’t want to give those 12 points up but we’ll take that on board, regroup and go again on Saturday."


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