Staniford reflects on stellar England career

Date published: July 25 2016

England wing Michela Staniford has reflected on her success with the national side after announcing her retirement.

The 29-year-old has hung up her boots after winning 60 Test caps for England, scoring an impressive 22 tries.

Staniford featured regularly for both the England Womens XV and Sevens sides throughout her career.

Staniford told the England Rugby website: “I was named World Rugby Player of the Year in 2012 as well as Sevens series player in the same year and won the Hong Kong final in front of 60,000 people.

"All those things are amazing, but ultimately it’s the memories and the laughs with the girls that have made it such and enjoyable experience and something I have loved doing.”

Now moving to the USA with her fiancé, Staniford hopes she'll be remembered for both her athleticism and character on and off the field.

"I would love to be remembered as a good athlete," she added.

"As someone who always worked really hard for the people around her, someone who always had a smile during a game and at the end of the match and who made people feel valued and listened to."