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England international Emily Scarratt “absolutely gutted” after Lichfield Ladies are left out of elite rugby competition

England international Emily Scarratt has said she is “absolutely gutted” after Lichfield Ladies were left out of a new elite rugby competition.

Despite sitting second in the Women’s Premier League, the city side have been denied entry to the new Women’s Super Rugby league.

The club has produced a number of past and present internationals, including Emily Scarratt who said the decision was about more than simply the game of rugby.

Emily Scarratt

Emily Scarratt. Pic: Pierre-Yves Beaudouin

She said: “There is a reason some people only play for one team and there is a reason that some volunteer when they cannot play. That’s because sometimes rugby clubs are about more than what happens on the field each weekend.

“I’m absolutely gutted.”

A petition to try and force the RFU to rethink the decision has now reached more than 3,000 signatures, while a number of fellow clubs have also raised their concerns over Lichfield’s omission.

Emily added: “I know how much the club means to me but I didn’t appreciate how much it means to the wider community until now.”

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