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Former Prescot School student and England Women’s Rugby Union International Gillian Burns has today been
awarded an MBE for her services to sport in the Queens Birthday honours list for 2005.
Gill, aged 40, gained 73 caps for England at number 8 over the period 1989 to 2002, as well as being capped for Great Britain. She made her debut against Sweden at Waterloo, a game in which she not only played, but also organised and finished her international playing career against New Zealand in the Rugby World Cup Final in 2002. She is currently the President of the Rugby Football Union for Women and continues to shape the future of the international game.

Gill, born and bred in the Northwest, began her playing career at Liverpool Polytechnic in 1987, before moving to Waterloo to establish a women’s rugby team in 1989. She has represented Waterloo Ladies ever since and is now the President of the club. Whilst at Waterloo Gill has given up an enormous amount of her own time to further the cause of the club and that of both men’s and women’s rugby.

Commenting on the news of her award, Geoff Richards, England Women’s Head Coach said: “This is a great honour for Gill, one that she thoroughly deserves. She has been a phenomenal athlete and is now investing in the sport through her volunteering both in the men’s and women’s game.”

RFU President, Malcolm Phillip said today:"Gill was an excellent player at club and international level and has continued to be a great ambassador for the game. On behalf of the RFU I am delighted that she has received her award."

Jo Yapp, England Women’s scrum half and captain added:“Burnsie is a great player and has done so much for the game. She is a great role model for all players and it is fantastic that she has been formally recognised for all her efforts.”


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