Alphonsi may switch to athletics

Date published: September 10 2014

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After her retirement from international rugby on Monday, England superstar Maggie Alphonsi is considering another sport.

Having confirmed her retirement from international rugby on Monday, England superstar Maggie Alphonsi is considering another sport.

The 30-year-old has been one of Women's Rugby's leading figures over the last decade, concluding her time with England by winning the World Cup in Paris.

Alphonsi will continue to play for Saracens but in an interview with the Telegraph has revealed she is considering changing disciplines in order to compete at the Olympics in Rio in 2016.

Aware of how difficult the challenge would be to qualify, Alphonsi opened up on her previous experiences and success with the discus and shotput.

“People always say that if your mind is there then your body will take it the rest of the way,” Alphonsi told the Telegraph.

“I want to be competitive. The world is my oyster at the moment.

“I'm at the point where I'm content with what I've achieved and the question of being the best is not a stress any more. But if I get the opportunity in another sport then the mindset is still going to be there.

“As a thrower, I think I still hold a record at U16 level. I look at it and I haven't done it for a long time, so I would just have to see where I'm at.

“I'm not fooling myself because I know there are a lot of top throwers in Great Britain at the moment.

“I can only put myself out there and see what happens. You never know. Rio is still two years away.

“If it was an option then I might go for it, but I would be competing against some pretty top athletes and I have to be realistic.”

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