England world cup finalist Shaunagh Brown has kicked retirement as a player into touch because she is excited by the ‘new regime’ at the top of the women’s game.
Brown came back for Harlequins in their first premiership game this week in the narrow 22-17 victory over premiership newcomers Ealing Trailfinders.
‘I am looking forward to the new era under the forceable woman Belinda Moore. I missed an outlet of contact sport and running into people’.
A prop in the later half of her 30 cap England career, she now says; ‘Ideally I want to be a back rower again for Quins’.
‘After six months with the Cayman Islands I realised being a coach wasn’t for me.I struggle to plan ahead and manage people in the way coaches have to. My skills are better at turning up and playing.’
Brown was having to take a sabbatical from her career as a firefighter to play for England. She has now quit Medway Fireservice and is raising money from public speaking for the £50,000 campaign to carry out major renovations to the iconic statue of famous black nurse Mary Seacole at St Thomas’ Hospital and maintain her grave.
‘I can’t commit to being an England contracted player anymore, but I do not rule out an appearance again.’
Brown is now driven by wanting to inspire young people. She has become an ambassador for rugby charity Wooden Spoon and also Raleigh International, which takes them on adventures. ‘Young people need to understand the world outside their own bubble’ she says.