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University of Roehampton student and Sport Roehampton Scholar Alex Matthews (2nd year Sports Psychology) has been included in the England Women's Rugby Union Squad for the upcoming Test Series against World Champions New Zealand.

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Alex Matthews (front right) lines up with the Sport Roehampton Scholars.

University of Roehampton student Alexandra (Alex) Matthews has been selected for the Senior Women’s England Rugby Union Squad for the three test series against New Zealand at the end of November.  At just 19 Alex is the youngest player to be capped for England. A formidable Back Row player Alex has already won 4 senior international caps – making her debut in France in November 2011 where she scored a try in the first four minutes. She was also part of the team that beat New Zealand to nil – the first ever side to do that to the reigning World Champions. Alex can also add getting capped for the England 7s team in October 2012 to her growing list of achievements. Next on the list is to win the World Cup in 2014 and to win a permanent spot in the England 7s set up.

Alex took up Rugby at the age of just three. Initially her dad wanted her to start athletics but at the time she was too young so he took her and big sister Fran to Camberley RFC instead and the rest, is as they say, history. Alex says that both her parents and Fran are her biggest inspirations and have helped her get to where she is today. In fact sister Fran is also an international so the upcoming test series will be a family affair for the Matthews.

Alex and sister Fran play for local women’s premiership side Richmond Rugby Club who currently lie in second place in what is the top tier of English Ladies rugby.

Alex is in her 2nd year at the University of Roehampton where she studies Sports Psychology. She chose to go to Roehampton because of the specialist course along with it’s ideal location for her Club Rugby at Richmond and England fitness sessions at Twickenham. Studying at Roehampton is ideal because it affords Alex the time to fit in all her training sessions – often up to twice a day. The University also makes allowances when there are England Rugby training camps and allows her the time off lectures to attend.

Alex is currently on the Sport Roehampton Scholarship scheme – something which she says provides tangible recognition from the University of not only her outstanding achievements but of Women’s Rugby too.

We would like to wish Alex every success in the upcoming test series and in the future as an England International.

Sport Roehampton scholars receive financial and academic support to enable them to balance their studies with their sporting endeavours. For more information on the Sport Roehampton scholarship scheme please click here.

Story posted: Sunday, 02 December 2012

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