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Marlie Packer completes coaching badges to ‘give back’ to rugby

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Image caption, This year’s Six Nations saw Marlie Packer become only the sixth English woman to surpass 100 caps

England captain Marlie Packer has said she is filling out more coaching badges to ‘give back’ to rugby when her playing career ends.

Packer was visiting her former rugby club in her home town of Yeovil, Somerset, where she helped organize a coaching session.

“I’m doing my level three coaching award at the moment. I’ve had my level two for years,” she told BBC Radio Somerset.

“I think the sport has given me so much, not only to the person I am today, but I have traveled the world and have friends all over the world.

“I’ve done some great things and I think if I can give something back to the sport, it’s given me so much by getting my qualifications and being able to come and coach.”

Packer scored three tries during the Six Nations as she led the Red Roses to their third straight Grand Slam and sixth successive title.

Although the back rower is not yet planning her retirement, she said she does plan to make rugby a part of her future.

“I don’t know what I’m going to do when I retire, but I don’t think I’m too far away from rugby because it gives me joy,” she said.

Packer has returned to her club Saracens for the final four matches of the Premiership Women’s Rugby (PWR) regular season.

The three-time national champions are second in the rankings and have already secured their place in the top four and the play-offs.

The Red Roses will then regroup to defend their WXV1 tournament title in September, with warm-up matches against France and New Zealand.

“We want to be the Red Roses that continue to play in these high-end games to show that we are the best – and you can only be the best if you play the best,” Packer said.

“I think the RFU (Rugby Football Union) have worked really hard to make this possible for us.”