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Maggie Alphonsi elected to RFU Council

England Women's World Cup winner Maggie Alphonsi has been elected to serve as a national member of the Rugby Football Union Council.

Alphonsi, who retired in 2014 after helping England land the world title, is the first former England Women's player to secure an elected national member RFU Council role.

The 32-year-old, who will replace former England captain and 2003 World Cup winner Phil Vickery, said: "It is a great privilege to replace Phil Vickery in this role, and be able to give back to the game in another guise.

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank Phil for all he has contributed to the game during his tenure.

"I am very much looking forward to starting in the position and working alongside other RFU Council members from August 1."

The RFU also confirmed that Hertfordshire RFU Council representative Peter Baines will take over as RFU president from Jason Leonard on August 1.

And ex-England full-back Jonathan Webb will join RFU chief executive Ian Ritchie as the two World Rugby Council RFU representatives, with Webb replacing Bill Beaumont, who begins his term as World Rugby chairman in eight days' time.

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