Breach, 20 and who also plays for Harlequins Ladies, scored an incredible 11 tries in her first two international appearances and also became the first player ever to score 6 tries on their full England international debut when she faced Canada in the Old Mutual Wealth Series in November.
An offer to help coach Market Harborough’s young rugby players came about after a Twitter conversation she had with one of the club’s coaches, following the release of the news that she had decided to switch to the women’s sevens programme for the remainder of the 2017/18 season.
Dave Hall, a coach of the clubs under 9s team said, “I expressed my surprise and disappointment that Jess, the newest and most exciting talent in women’s rugby had chosen to switch from the 15-a-side game to the 7’s and as a result would not be available to play in this year’s Six Nations”.
Jess messaged Dave Hall, U9’s Market Harborough Coach privately and offering to visit the club and meet the kids in her own time, during a break from her busy training & playing schedule, with the aim of coaching and inspiring the next generation of local players.
Mr Hall said “I was thrilled to take Jess up on her extremely kind offer. I thought this would be a fantastic way to showcase her talent, personality and provide an amazing opportunity for girls and boys to see her in action and encourage them to come and play our fantastic sport”.
Following the Old Mutual Wealth Series win, Jess was given an option by England Rugby to commit to the Women’s Sevens programme for the remainder of the 2017/18 season – one of the biggest in the history of the sport. Following discussions with family, close friends and her coaches she decided this was an opportunity she couldn’t turn down.
2018 not only sees them compete on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, but also offers the chance to compete for a gold medal in the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia and in the 2018 Sevens World Cup in San Francisco.
This year offers some incredible opportunities to keep growing the women’s game and Jess hopes that her continued success, at just 20 years old, can be an inspiration for girls and boys in whatever sport they play and at all levels.
Everyone at Market Harborough would like to wish Jess the best of luck and we hope she brings back some medals!
All are welcome to come and meet Jess and she will happily sign kit and pose for photos with the kids.
Market Harborough Rugby Club mini and junior section, runs teams for boys and girls from 4-16 at their Northampton Road location every Sunday morning at 10am from the beginning of September until the end of April.
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Updated 17:58 - 12 Feb 2018 by MH RUFC