England’s women have a new captain this season - Steph Hanratty was announced in February as the successor to Gina Iaquaniello, who has stepped down to fill more of a management role, but will still represent the team.
"It’s an honour to take over from Gina,” said Hanratty. “She has been the driving force behind the womens' team and I am really looking forward to what the future has in store for myself and the squad."
“Gina’s been a tremendous captain during such a successful period, being a driving force on and off the pitch,” said England Deaf Rugby Union Head Coach Sean Fletcher.
Hanratty will become the programme’s third captain, following Iaquaniello and Debbie Challoner, and had the full endorsement of Women’s Coach Ben Mousley as she stepped into the post.
“Steph's enthusiasm is infectious, you can't help but be caught up in it,” he said. “This passion will drive the squad on as we look to progress.”