HomeServe plumber leads England into Rugby World Cup final

By Jack Averty | Walsall | Rugby | Published:

Homeserve's rugby star Marlie Packer has led England into a world cup final.

Marlie Packer charges against the Italian defence in an earlier game at the Women's Rugby World Cup

The 27-year-old flanker, who dropped into HomeServe's Walsall base earlier this month to say goodbye before jetting off to Ireland for the world cup, won her 50th cap for her country as England smashed past France in the tournament's semi-final.

England, including star Marlie, will now face New Zealand in Saturday's final after the 20-3 defeat of France.

If Marlie and her team are successful, it would be the second time the HomeServe plumber has won the illustrious cup.

In 2014, after England beat Canada in Paris, Marlie went back to working as a plumber less than a week later, drawing comparisons with Sir Tom Finney, the English footballer who continued with the trade despite starring for Preston North End.

And Marlie is expected back in work again, regardless of Saturday's result.

HomeServe brand director John Greaves said earlier this month: “We’re so proud of Marlie and of everything she has achieved both in her rugby and in her career at HomeServe.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming her back in September, hopefully with another winner’s medal.”

Marlie, who has been with HomeServe since 2013, helps cover the West Country area, where she plays club rugby for table-topping Bristol Ladies.

Jack Averty

By Jack Averty
Senior Reporter - @javerty_star

Reporter with the Express & Star, based at head office in Wolverhampton


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