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Rugby player Rachel Taylor says more should be done to get women into sport

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Rugby player Rachel Taylor has said there is still "a great deal of work to be done" to get women into sport.

Rachel Taylor is a former captain of the Welsh national women's rugby union team. At one point she was captain of both the sevens and 15s team. She has also played rugby for every region in Wales.

Last year, Rachel announced her international retirement following Wales' victory against Ireland at the Women's Rugby World Cup.

But she still describes herself as a, "Proud supporter and participant of women's rugby" and is currently an ambassador for Women's Sport UK.

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My family got me into rugby really. My dad and my brother used to play down in Colwyn Bay rugby club. I used to watch. I did a bit of ballet, wasn't very successful at ballet so I used to go and follow my big brother down to the rugby club and picked it up from there really.

– Rachel Taylor
Rachel was the only girl in the Colwyn Bay under nines club and also the captain. Credit: Family photo

"In north Wales there were three girls only rugby cluster sites, last year. But this year there will be nine".

This has changed a lot from when Rachel first started playing rugby and she was the only girl in the team. She said, "It gives you some indication of how much the sport is growing."

My career highlight would be in my retirement getting into the Barbarians.

I think that was the first ever Women's Barbarians team and that was 2017.

Yet when you compared it to the fact that I think there's been 130 years of the Barbarians previously to that, you just think, yes it's a massive step forward, but yes there's a great deal of work to be done as well.

– Rachel Taylor
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Ahead of this year's International Women's Day, Rachel has said social media can be a barrier to girls getting into sport with pressure to look a certain way.

But she recommends that girls should look to organisations that promote women in sport and use them as positive role models.

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