10 March 2020

England rugby's Leanne Riley says she wants to leave the game better than she found it

England rugby's Leanne Riley has said she's glad the women's game is growing so they can inspire the next generation of players.

Riley has been a part of England' Six Nations squad who have won all four of their matches.

They broke the Six Nations attendance record last weekend as 10,974 people bought tickets to their clash against Wales.

The increase in interest for women's rugby means Riley can leave the game better than she found it.

“The game itself is growing and it’s great for us to be part of that in terms of growing the game at grassroots level and having an impact on young girls trying the sport for the first time.

“It’s really good for us and women’s sport in general to keep growing and getting to a point where the professionalism comes in, not just with our unions, but at club level as well.

“We’re striving to make those changes so as we get old and retire it’s still filtering through, so teenagers that have the potential and aspirations to play for England have a stepping stone in place for them.

“Yes, we’re doing it for ourselves, but we’re also doing it for women’s rugby and its future, you’ve got to take it step by step and it’s got to come in gradually to make it sustainable,” she told County Press.

England's final Six Nations match against Italy has been postponed due to the coronavirus and will take place later this year.

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