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England Women Sevens back Natasha Hunt is relishing the prospect of playing in the Rugby World Cup Sevens tournament in San Francisco later this month.
Hunt is part of head coach James Bailey’s 12-player squad for the tournament that runs from 20-22 July, in what will be her second sevens World Cup.
Overall, it will be Hunt’s fourth World Cup outing having played at 2013 Rugby World Cup Sevens, the 2014 and 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cups, as well as the 2016 Rio Olympics, and these high-stakes environments are something she enjoys.
“It’s everyone’s dream to play in the big tournaments especially me, I love the pressure of it,” said the 29-year-old.
“I love going out there and trying to beat the best in the world and to do that on the world stage is amazing, I’m really, really humbled to be selected.
“I just hope we can go out there and do something special.”
Hunt was part of the Women’s Rugby World Cup squad in Ireland last summer that were beaten in the final by New Zealand along with Emily Scarratt, Vicky Fleetwood, Amy Wilson Hardy and Alex Matthews, who are also heading to San Francisco.
That group were among a number of players that switched from 15s to the shorter format of the game, and there has been some encouraging performances over the season including winning bronze at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in April.
“The journey we’ve been on as a squad has been massive and I think everyone just wants it to click,” Hunt added. “We feel like it’s coming, we feel like we can do something special as we’ve got some amazing players.
“When it works we look unbeatable and hopefully we can put that out on the pitch when we’re out there. There is a quiet confidence about is as when it’s clicked, we’ve looked really sharp and really dangerous."
Summer of ’18
Hunt hopes the squad can take advantage of the feel-good factor around the country so far this summer, with England’s footballers progressing in their World Cup in Russia
“It’s coming home isn’t it?” Hunt says with a smile.“The buzz in England at the moment is so special and that can drive you on.
“That is happening in their football World Cup and we’re going out there hoping to do the same thing. It is special to think we’re about to do the same thing – I know not on the same scale – but just going to a World Cup."