Sports Personality 2014: England Women win Team of Year award

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England women win team award

England women's rugby team won the Team of the Year award at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year show.

The World Cup winners took the honour ahead of Europe's Ryder Cup golfers, the GB & Northern Ireland athletics squad and the Mercedes F1 team.

England beat Canada 21-9 in Paris to win the World Cup for the first time since 1994 after three final defeats.

"This is a massive turning point for women's sport," said captain Katy McLean.

"I would like to thank the Rugby Football Union and Sport England and our friends and family and to everybody at home."

"Also to the ex-players who have battled to win England the World Cup. This is just as much to you as it is to us.

"This is for you guys," added McLean.

Many of the England players returned to full-time jobs following the win.

It was later announced that the England Women's Sevens squad would be turning professional, with the Rugby Football Union giving full-time contracts to 20 players.

Recent Team of the Year winners
2013: British & Irish Lions rugby union squad2012: Great Britain Olympic and Paralympic teams
2011: England cricket team2010: Europe Ryder Cup team
2009: England cricket team2008: Great Britain Olympic cycling team

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