The Red Roses
Behind the Scenes with the England Women's Rugby Team
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Hayden is fiercely committed to women's rugby and her writing exudes compassion and authority
5 Live & BBC Sport Rugby Reporter
This is huge for the women's game which, like many women's sports, lacks records. This will be an important resource for those reading and learning about the game in the future
Sue Day, Chief Operations Officer and Chief Financial Officer, RFU
Jess is an incredible champion of women’s sport. Her knowledge and passion is evident in her work across multiple formats, be it through the written word, in front of camera or across social media
About the Book
In January 2019, England’s Red Roses became the first fully professional women’s rugby team in the world – their abiding mission being to win back the Rugby World Cup. After their narrow defeat against New Zealand in 2017, the formidable squad developed a hugely successful game plan that earned them the longest winning streak in rugby union history.
Acclaimed sports journalist Jessica Hayden, who has had unprecedented access to the Red Roses during the writing of this book, goes behind the scenes to follow their challenges, heartbreaks and triumphs. Featuring interviews with all the major players, including Marlie Packer, Jess Breach, former captain Emily Scarratt and many more, this is a truly inspirational story.
The Red Roses will host the Rugby World Cup in 2025. The stakes have never been higher for one of the most dedicated teams in the history of rugby.
Jessica Hayden is the digital sports sub-editor and rugby journalist at The Times and The Sunday Times and also works as a freelance rugby presenter. Alongside writing for The Times, Jessica presents Allianz Premier 15s matches for England Rugby and hosts women’s rugby events.
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