England’s Kat Merchant, Wales captain Mel Berry and Scotland’s Lucy Millard (pictured right) have joined the team of bloggers at www.scrumqueens.com.
The trio join regular player bloggers - Irelands Fiona Coghlan and Canadas Meghan Mutrie as well as international womens rugby referee Clare Daniels, who are already on the scrumqueens rota.
Website editor Alison Donnelly said: Blogs from international players offer a unique insight into the international game and were delighted these players have joined the team. During the 6 Nations especially, bloggers from Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales will be able to give our readers the inside track on the competition and how its unfolding.
Each player will supply a regular monthly blog for the site. Were constantly looking to add new bloggers to the site from around the world and were talking to a number of other countries about adding to our team. Were also interested in talking to international coaches and trainers so if you fit the bill get in touch with us!
All three are established women's players.
Kat Merchant played at the San Diego 7s and World Cup 7s last season. She was a leading try scorer for England's at the recent Nations Cup, which saw her side crowned champions at the event in Canada and she has been capped 20 times at full international level.
Wales captain Mel Berry with over 70 caps for her country is one ofwomen's rugby's most experienced international players,
Lucy Millard has 46 caps for her country and boasts an incredible record of scoring 35 tries in national colours. She was Scotland Women's player of the year in 2004.
All three will be hoping to play key roles for their countries in the build-up to the World Cup in 2010.
Today www.scrumqueens.com also announcesa new feature offering quirky weekly player profiles from around the world. The 60-second interview series will ask players a series of light-hearted questions such as what celebrity they would most like to invite to their birthday party and the 'rule in rugby they would change of they could'. Every week a new player from a different team will be featured.
These profiles are a quick-read and again offer our readers a unique insight to the worlds top players. Were here, among other reasons,to boost the profile of national team players and this will help achieve that goal.
The profiles will launch next week.