Two Richmond Women stalwarts, who are among eight players from the club competing at this month's Rugby World Cup in Edmonton, Canada, are retiring afterwards.

"I will never put a pair of boots on again," insists England second row Jenny "TJ" Sutton.

This year's competition will be her second attempt at winning the trophy with England, and Sutton, 37, believes she and the squad are better prepared than ever.

Sutton, who has been putting in eight to 10 training sessions a week, said: "Everyone will be as fit and strong as possible. Compared to the last World Cup, we are much more confident."

On Monday the team came together for a three-week camp before flying to Canada for their opening game against the USA on Thursday, August 31. They then face South Africa on Monday, September 4, and France on Friday, September 8.

Sutton claims: "France will be looking for revenge after we destroyed them in March (England won 28-0 in France to secure the grand slam in this year's Six Nations)."

And after 12 seasons at Richmond, what of rugby when the World Cup is over?

"Next year I am on the board at Richmond FC and want to be a specialist lineout coach. But I will not be playing rugby," she said.

For 38-year-old Scottish prop Karen "Jock" Findlay, her third World Cup will mark the end of a 13 years at Richmond.

Before flying to Canada on Thursday, August 24, Findlay joins the squad for a training weekend and friendly against Ireland.

Scotland start against Spain on August 31, then face Kazakhstan (September 4) and favourites New Zealand (September 8), and Findlay is targeting a semi-final berth.

"We had a good result against the Kiwis in the Canada Cup," said Findlay.

Having played in the 1998 and 2002 competitions, Findlay's thoughts are turning to coaching.

Richmond players Shannon Baker and Jennifer Lyne have also been named in the England squad, with Clare Muir, Lisa O'Keefe, Erin Kerr and Chris Ovenden in the Scotland squad.