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Former Thomas Aveling School pupil and Medway RFC player Rachael Burford helps England to World Cup success

By Medway Messenger reporter

Medway rugby player Rachael Burford helped England win the Women's World Cup on Sunday.

The former Medway Women's RFC centre was in the team that beat Canada 21-9 at the Stade Jean-Boin in Paris.

Victory ended a run of three successive World Cup final defeats and was their first victory since clinching the crown in 1994.

Burford, a talented sevens player, took part in the 2009 and 2013 Seven World Cups, with her high spots including sharing in England's triumph over Australia in the 2012 Hong Kong Sevens.

She also played in the 2006 15-a-side World Cup, making her senior debut against Canada, and the 2010 tournament in England.

It proved third time lucky for Burford in France.

The former Medway Sports Award winner was educated at Thomas Aveling School in Rochester.

She comes from a rugby family background, with her mother Renata, father Mick and sister Louside all involved in the sport.

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