Anna set for World Cup

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A former Newmarket and Ely player is about to realise a dream when she jets off to play for England in the Touch Rugby Women’s World Cup in Australia this weekend.

Anna Goddard, 17, leaves tomorrow as the youngest member of the 16-strong Elite Women’s Open squad.

The former Ely College pupil, who is at Hartpury College, Gloucester studying on a rugby course, said cannot wait to prove herself on the big stage.

“I am really excited about being given the opportunity to play for England at a World Cup in a country passionate about the game,” she said.

“Training with the squad over the past six months has developed my game no end and I am a much more confident, and hopefully better, player. I’m relishing the challenge of competing against the best in the world.”

The World Cup is being played in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales from April 29 to May 3.

Goddard took up rugby at Ely RFC aged six, before switching to Newmarket at 12 to join their girls team. She only started playing touch rugby four years ago in Cambridge and was in the England under-18s at the European touch tournament in Swansea.

Her mother Nicky is assistant first-team coach at Newmarket, as well lead coach for Eastern Counties girls, and an assessor for both England and Eastern Counties.

Goddard is studying for AS exams and within two days of her return has to sit her chemistry and biology practicals and her first environmental studies exam.