RUGBY players in South Bucks will be able to shake off their New Year hangovers when they are put through their paces by an England Women international next week.

Amy Wilson Hardy, who made her England debut five years ago and was a member of the Great Britain women's rugby sevens team at the 2016 Olympics, will be leading a training session at Phoenix Rugby Club’s Institute Road ground in Taplow on January 8th from 7.30pm.

The session, which is open to non-members, is part of Phoenix’s ‘Return to Rugby’ campaign. This has been kickstarted in a bid to encourage an interest in rugby and strengthen the club’s relationship with local communities.

Phoenix director of rugby Tony Golder said: “It's our goal of 2019 to encourage more people of all ages and abilities to get involved in the sport.

“So whatever your playing level, whether you want to play socially, get back into competitive rugby, or simply want to get fit, come along and join the Phoenix family.”

Wilson Hardy, who currently plays for Wasps Ladies in the Women’s Premiership, also represented Team England at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, was selected for the recent Rugby World Cup Sevens and has been a prominent player on the World Series for a number of seasons.

This special training session will be followed by the first ever 10s tournament to take place in South Bucks.

Development teams from clubs including Drifters, Farnham Royal, and Slough will take part in a 10-a-side tournament hosted by Phoenix on Saturday 12 January from 2pm.