Tamara Taylor: ‘I don’t see myself going near too many crevasses on Everest’

England Women’s Rugby World Cup-winner is determined not to be found wanting in a charity game of sevens 21,000ft up as she battles her fear of heights

At first glance it reads like a classic Boys’ Own adventure yarn. This month a group of 27 people representing the Wooden Spoon charity will embark on a mission to establish a world record by playing rugby almost 6,500m up Mount Everest. The aim is to raise a minimum of £200,000 to fund projects supporting disadvantaged children and young people with disabilities across the UK and Ireland.

Among those currently training hard for the LMAX Everest Rugby Challenge are the former internationals Shane Williams, Lee Mears and Ollie Phillips but it is the 115-times capped England women’s forward Tamara Taylor who is confronting the toughest task of all. Ain’t no mountain high enough? Not in the case of the 37-year-old Taylor, a key member of England’s World Cup-winning squad in 2014, who has signed up for the enterprise despite, on her own admission, being scared of heights.

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