Olympic rugby star Natasha Hunt still adapting to life back in the Women’s Premiership


Lichfield scrum-half Natasha Hunt has revealed that she is struggling to adapt to life back in the Women’s Rugby Premiership after a summer at the Olympics.

Hunt made history in Rio as she made up part of Team GB’s sevens side to compete in the inaugural rugby competition at the games.

Having narrowly missed out on a Bronze medal after losing to Canada, Hunt is looking for success back home as she settles back to life in Lichfield.

“It’s very different,” said Hunt. “Obviously at the Olympics, it was all about running with the ball in space and trying to pick off people in one-on-one situations to create space for others.

“Now, there’s just so many more people on the pitch so it’s been taking a bit of getting used to. But I’m enjoying being back with the wider squad.

“We have a load of girls that I haven’t played with before so it’s good to be back on the pitch and playing with them.”

Despite missing out on a historic medal, Hunt is still proud of her Olympic achievements.

It was unbelievable,” she said. “The Olympics is the world’s greatest sporting event.

“I think anyone who is into sport growing up dreams of getting to that point and representing their country.

“To actually do it as one of the first Women’s 7s teams was something special and being a part of Team GB was something I’ll never forget.

“It was awesome to be involved with. Obviously we were devastated with the result.

“I think we were definitely capable of medalling out there and that’s a bitter pill that we had to swallow.

“But we’re just learning from that experience and we plan to put that into this year and then going forward to make us a stronger squad.”


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