Street calls for pro women's game

19th Aug 2014, 17:22

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Building for the future: Gary Street targets more success

Building for the future: Gary Street targets more success

World Cup-winning England coach Gary Street wants the women's game to go professional in the wake of the success in France.

World Cup-winning England coach Gary Street wants the women's game to go professional in the wake of the success in France.

England women claimed their second Women's World Cup title on Sunday, downing Canada 21-9 in the final in Paris, having come up just short in the three previous tournaments.

Emily Scarratt was the star of the show, scoring 16 points including the clinching try late on as England followed up a semi-final win over Ireland with another impressive display.

The current England side is made up of players from a wide range of different backgrounds, including plumbers, teachers and policewomen.

But with huge publicity gained from the tournament - more than 2 million people watched the final in France alone - Street is desperate to see the sport build on that success.

"At the moment everyone's going back to work this week," said Street.

"I know some people have got work in the morning, so they are going to get their car keys now and drive straight home.

"We're hoping something's going to happen in the near future and it's moving towards that. It's something we aspire to but this week brings a bit of normality.

"This changed the sport immeasurably I think, and since the last World Cup, there's a lot more support for programmes internationally.

"The support we've had from the RFU has been absolutely staggering, and from Sport England, so that team behind the team has been huge and to have a bigger programme has meant we can do more work with the players.

"And just the level of competition has been fantastic. This was definitely a tipping point for women's rugby.

"The audiences in France, sold-out stadiums with two million people watching, it just shows there's a market when the product is as good as that."