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Scarratt hopes Olympics excitement inspires next generation

Emily Scarratt hopes the disappointment of Team GB’s near-miss on the medals front at the Olympic Games will result in long-term gains for the sport back home.

Defeats by New Zealand in the semi-final and Canada in the bronze medal play-off meant that the British women suffered the agonising so-near-yet-so-far scenario.

And all that followed an unbeaten performance in the group stages that included a 22-0 victory over their eventual conquers in the battle for bronze, Canada.

As captain of the side, Scarratt summed up the feelings of the whole team by saying she was “bitterly disappointed”.

Emily Scarratt - Team GB skipper

Emily Scarratt – Team GB skipper

But she is confident that their efforts will not have gone to waste in their hopes to spread the women’s game far and wide.

“The girls gave it everything but Canada were the better side in that game, they executed better than we did and they rightfully won that medal.

“It’s disappointment at the moment but this has been a phenomenal experience.

“Bringing rugby to the Olympic and world stage has been amazing, and if we’ve inspired a couple of people back home, we’re doing a decent job.

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