There is a bit of a Games feel about all being here.
Scarratt is on summer holidays from her degree in Sport and Exercise Science at Leeds Metropolitan University – so at least she's at home in the squad's World Cup quarters.
"One of the Canadian players [Heather Moyes] won a gold in the bobsleigh at the Winter Olympics – we've seen her around the village.
Tonight England will open their campaign against Ireland, the last of the day's six games played on two neighbouring pitches, in a tournament that is seen as pivotal for the standing of the sport in this country. Catherine Spencer, England's captain, resigned from her job as a sports centre manager to fulfil her ambition of lifting the World Cup.
Amy Garnett, the most capped played in the squad with 86, is on three months unpaid leave from the Metropolitan Police.
This formation – with seven backs and eight forwards, instead of six backs and nine forwards – revolutionised the sport and was eventually adopted almost universally at international and club level.
Before the match, the All Blacks performed a haka (a Māori posture dance); the 47,000-strong crowd responded with the Welsh national anthem – Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau ("Land of Our Fathers") – the first time a national anthem had been sung before a sporting fixture.But there are new supporters being attracted to the game and hopefully the World Cup can add to that.It is huge for the women's game, a real legacy event and can lead to a rise in participation. ' but as soon as I tackled them they started tackling me." Did you hold your own?Following the sport allowing professionalism in 1995, Wales hosted the 1999 World Cup and, in 2005, won their first Six Nations Grand Slam.That was the first Grand Slam won by a team playing most of the matches away from home.Wales' wing Teddy Morgan scored a try to give Wales a 3–0 lead, but later in the match All Black Bob Deans claimed to have scored a try, only to be dragged behind the try-line before the referee arrived.