Physiotherapist will be a key part of Tonga’s campaign

A physiotherapist from Braunton will be a key figure at this month’s Rugby World Cup.

Megan Sturley, who runs the local practice Sturcross Physiotherapy, is dreaming of world cup glory as the physio for the Tonga national team.

The 40-year-old mother of two was head-hunted for the unlikely role three years ago, following spells with Premiership rugby outfit London Irish and top football teams Arsenal and Chelsea.

And she’s looking forward to experiencing her first world cup.

“I’m really, really excited,” she said. “We’re hoping to get to at least the quarter finals.

“Everyone’s looking really fit and we’ve not got many injuries, so I’ve done my job well there.”

Megan, who recently returned from a warm-up game in Romania, will watch as her team begin their group C campaign against Georgia in Gloucester tomorrow (Saturday).

And she admitted she wasn’t looking for another job in rugby when she took the post with the South Pacific islanders.

“I’m the only English person and woman in the 45-man team, and it’s certainly interesting,” she said.

“I have two young children and I wasn’t going to do rugby anymore, but I got head-hunted by Peter Harding, the high performance manager who I used to work with at London Irish. I just couldn’t turn it down.

“We’ve been working towards this for three years now and we’re ready to go.”

The Rugby World Cup kicks off tonight (Friday) when England play Fiji.