Harlequins have announced that Club stalwart Rachael Burford has signed a new contract.
Burford joined Harlequins in 2017, and has made 72 appearances for the Club during her seven years in South West London. In May 2021 Burford captained Harlequins to Allianz Premier 15s glory, beating Saracens at Kingsholm.
Internationally Burford has amassed 84 Red Roses caps since making her debut in 2006. A multiple Six Nations winner, Burford has appeared in two Sevens World Cups as well as four World Cups, winning in 2014.
This season, Rachael Burford will take on an additional off-field role, working across multiple areas of the Club to continue to drive the growth of the women’s game, engage new audiences and drive the Club’s women’s match day product.
Commenting on her renewal, Burford said: “Last year was a tough year due to back-to-back injuries, I’m super grateful to the medical team who got me back into a position to compete this season.
“One more year, knowing this is my final year and doing it in the quarters is really special.
“I’m so passionate about what this club can achieve on and off the pitch, combining both elements this season is really exciting, I want to make an impact on and off the pitch.”
Harlequins Head Coach Amy Turner said: “Burf has been a phenomenal servant to the Club for many years and is a player I was lucky enough to share the field with during my career.
“She continues to be a leading voice in the group but also a leading athlete. She’s a role model in everything she does and has already done so much for the game and for the Club. She will leave legacy for many years to come, but most importantly I am really looking forward to seeing her play and represent Harlequins with the same commitment and consistency I have always known Rachael to have.”
With thanks to Harlequins