Heather Fisher, part of England’s World Cup-winning side in 2014, says she will take a break from the game to “mentally recharge”.
The 34-year-old made her international debut in 2009 and helped England win rugby sevens bronze at the Commonwealth Games in April.
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so… I have made the tough decision to take a break from rugby & to give myself the opportunity to mentally recharge. Since the age of 21 I have been a professional athlete – whether that’s in bobsleigh, rugby XVs or rugby sevens & have put a huge amount of pressure on myself to make sure I am being the best version of myself that I can be every day for myself and my team on and off the field. My head isn’t where it needs to be for the start of the season & my priority is making sure that I am able to give my absolute all for my team. By taking some time out I am hopeful that if an opportunity arises to represent my country again.. I will come back much stronger and ready to go. I’m really fortunate to have such supportive coaches & teammates who have played a big role in helping me to come to this decision & I am truly grateful to them for that.
Fisher, who has 22 England caps, said she had put “a huge amount of pressure on myself” during her playing career.
“My head isn’t where it needs to be for the start of the season,” she wrote.
“By taking some time out I am hopeful that if an opportunity arises to represent my country again, I will come back much stronger and ready to go.”