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England Women's Rugby stars balance work to become World Champions

England celebrate their victory at the IRB Women's Rugby World Cup in Paris, France. Photo: Press Association Images

This great sporting achievement by England is made all the more remarkable by the fact not one of the team are full-time professional athletes and the team boasts students, teachers, a vet, a police officer and a plumber among its number.

Here are the 'day jobs' of six of England's key players:

Katy Mclean MBE- Primary school teacher, 28

England 's Katy Mc Lean lifts the IRB Women's Rugby World Cup. Credit: Press Association Images

Fly-Half Katy Mclean has been the captain of England since 2010, when she took over from Catherine Spencer and was honoured in 2012 for her services to rugby.

Mclean plays her club rugby for Darlington Mowden Park Sharks in the north east and works as a primary school teacher in Sunderland.

Emily Scarratt, PE Assistant, 24

England 's Emily Scarratt during the IRB Women's Rugby World Cup match England v Canada. Credit: Press Association Images

A fantastic try by Scarratt in the 73rd minute sealed the victory over Canada in the final, and the Lichfield centre works as a PE assistant in Birmingham.

Danielle Waterman, Masters Student, 29

England centre Danielle Waterman in action against Ireland at the IRB Women's Rugby World Cup. Credit: Press Association Images

"Nollie" Waterman has been a key player in the England set up since 2006 and in 2010 she played in every game and was one of three nominees for player of the tournament.

Accordinf to her RFU profile, she is currently studying a part-time masters by research at the University of Gloucestershire and in November last year decided to leave her role as Head of AASE Academy at Hartpury College to focus on her training in the build-up to the World Cup.

Margaret Alphonsi MBE - Athlete Mentor Manager, 30

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One of the true legends of English rugby, Margaret Alphonsi was the first woman to win the prestigious Pat Marshall award from the Rugby Union Writers’ Club, when she pipped New Zealand captain, Richie McCaw to the title in 2010.

She received her MBE in 2012 and works as an Athlete Mentor Manager for the Youth Sport Trust. Alphonsi is one of four Rugby World Cup 2015 Ambassadors along with Lawrence Dallaglio, Will Greenwood and Jonny Wilkinson and works alongside several charities.

Becky Essex - Special Needs Teacher, 31

England's Becky Essex during 2011 Six Nations. Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

Richmond lock-forward Essex combines playing duties with her job as a Special Needs teacher in Surrey, but would love to see the women's game turn professional.

I love my job. The chance to play a sport you love as a full professional would, of course, be an amazing opportunity and I hope that the sport is going in that direction. It's great it's taught in schools now and I hope girls aren't still put off by the notion it's somehow risky. The benefits far outweigh any possible risk of injury. This is a fantastic sport and we're just grateful to be able to play for our country, it's a tremendous honour.

– Becky Essex, speaking to the Guardian.

Marlie Packer - Plumber, 24

England's Marlie Packer, centre, celebrates with her team mates. Credit: /Press Association Images

London Wasps Back row Marlie Packer is only too aware of how lucky many of the team are to have employers that look favourably on their status as International rugby players.

"With our jobs its a bit tricky. I'm a plumber but I'm really lucky because my employer is very good to me," Packer said in an interview with the Guardian.

"Everyone has their individual difficulties, every athlete does across the board in sport where there's that problem with earning your keep and playing the sport you love. But you have to get on and grin and bear it."