Stacey White, Rugby League World Cup team member, reflects on the tournament

4th December 2017

The Rugby League World Cup has finished and Stacey White has returned home without being selected to play for England.  In the last of her exclusive blogs for Rix & Kay she looks back over the past few weeks.

“It’s been a few days since I landed back on English soil. The weather has been a real shock to the system as well as getting back to everyday life and routine.

The semi finals did not prove successful for England, we lost 52-4 to a physically dominating NZ. The girls battled to the very end but struggled to match the NZ players who were pound for pound bigger and stronger. NZ went on to lose to the Australian Jillaroos in the final 23-16 at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.

I’ve had time to reflect on my experience and feel very proud to have been part of the 23 player squad for the duration. There were so many positive aspects of the tour but if I’m honest it was the hardest 3 weeks of my life. Not actually getting to play was emotionally heart breaking and not how I envisaged my World Cup panning out, but again that is the nature and harsh reality of elite sport. I, like the other non playing members, had my role to play. Having dealt with the disappointment I now return to Harlequins to play Rugby Union for the rest of the season. I’m not sure about my Rugby League future or whether I have another World Cup in me but for now I will say anything is possible!”