STAFFORD has its very own World Cup winner today – Natasha “Mo” Hunt, who was part of the victorious England Women’s rugby team which defeated Canada in yesterday’s thrilling final in the Stade Jean-Bouin in Paris.
Natasha, 24, teaches PE at Sir Graham Balfour High School, Stafford, and plays scrum half for Lichfield and England.
She played a vital role in the game before being substituted in the 77th minute.
In a comment on Twitter, Natasha, pictured here celebrating on the pitch after the final whistle, said: “What an amazing journey, with an incredible bunch of legends.”
Millions of television viewers witnessed the No.9 almost score the first try for her country when she made a quick break for the line after 20 minutes, but she was held up by the strong Canadian defence.
England eventually ran out winners 21-9, the team's first tournament victory since 1994.
Natasha, who comes originally from Gloucestershire, played netball and golf to county level as a schoolgirl, but started playing rugby when she was 18. While playing for Malvern she was selected for the England under-20 women’s rugby team. Two years later she won her first full England cap.
In a recent interview with the Newsletter, she said: “The camaraderie within the team is great. There are so many strong characters and great players but there is no arrogance. It’s a great atmosphere.”
She is due to return to her teaching role at Sir Graham Balfour, where she is in her fifth term, in September. “The school is incredible, very supportive,” said Natasha, who has started a girls’ rugby team at the school.
She also gives talks to local organisations, persuading young women to participate in sport.