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Firefighter called up to England Fire Service Rugby team

With rugby fever gripping the country over the last few weeks, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service wanted to share the story of its very own rugby whizz… Francesca Jordan.

Francesca was recently called up to represent the Women’s England Fire Service Rugby team, after passing trials.

She’s the first colleague at the Service to have received the call-up to the women’s team – and didn’t even start playing rugby until she was 16!

“The reason I love sport and in particular rugby is that everyone’s accepted – there’s something for everyone, no matter how good at it you are or what your background is,” Francesca said.

“Playing rugby is like being part of a watch in many ways – there are different personalities and I think you all have to work together to achieve something.”

Having joined the Service last year, Francesca is based at Grays Fire Station during her working days and nearby Thurrock Rugby Club when she takes to the field.

“A letter was sent to me at the station a little while ago after I’d done the trials to confirm I’d been called up to the team.

“That was a really proud moment, particularly as my family are into rugby and because of the fact it’s England.

“There’s never really been a Women’s Fire Service Rugby Team before, so I’m really pleased to be part of it.”

Francesca’s first game for the team will be on Sunday 24 November, against British Transport Police at Stanley Park, Exeter.

“I’m really looking forward to it – we’ll be playing on a professional pitch and representing the whole of the country’s Fire Service, so it should be a really good experience.

“It’s not just firefighters who are part of the team – there are people from all different teams and brigades, which is nice.

“Hopefully we can take some inspiration from the men’s team’s World Cup performance!”

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