England captain Marlie Packer promises to continue Sarah Hunter’s Red Roses legacy | Rugby League News
He takes on Italy at Franklin’s Gardens in Northampton on Sunday, April 2 in Round 2 of the Women’s Six Nations; Scotland will play next Saturday for the second round of the championship, hosting Wales at Dam Health Stadium in Edinburgh.
Last updated: 03/27/23 11:10 am
Marlie Packer has promised to continue Sarah Hunter’s English legacy after her retirement.
Hunter played the last game of her career on Saturday in England’s overwhelming 58-7 win over Scotland in the Women’s National Six and left the field after 58 minutes to a standing ovation from her teammates, coach and family in the stands.
She retired with 141 caps, after making her Six Nations debut in 2007, and left the sport at the age of 37 after a highly regarded 16-year career.
After Hunter left the field, Packer assumed the role of sole captain, scoring a hat-trick after attempting England’s famous roll in a man of the match performance, and after the game, she insists her focus now is on continuing the legacy laid down by her former teammate.
“It’s a whole new group of girls on this team, we met three weeks ago and we’re bringing things back to basics,” Packer said.
“And what we’ve been talking about these three weeks, we put that performance on the pitch.
“Give a shout out to Sarah Hunter, 141 caps, she came out and put on a great performance.
“But for me, I’m incredibly proud of what they’ve achieved. We have a day off on Monday and then we’ll rebuild, we’ll go back to camp and we’ll go on again. .
“It’s been a really exciting time, it’s an exciting time for women’s sports, but especially for women’s rugby.
“I’m really honored and proud to be a part of it and the legacy Sarah Hunter has left, we all want to continue with what she’s done.”
Packer not only commended Hunter’s impact on rugby league sport in general but also on her own international career, of which she has been a part all along.
“I will miss her so much,” she added.
“She’s been on my entire rugby journey with England and she’s not only a great rugby player but a great human being.
“She puts everyone first before herself. The rose she wears, credits her, she always puts it first.”
England’s league continues as they take on Italy at Franklin’s Gardens in Northampton on Sunday 2 April (3pm kick-off), in Round 2 of the Women’s Six Nations League.