Sarah Hunter won it all as an England player – and now the Red Roses' record appearance holder is refusing to rule out a return as head coach.

North Shields-born and Loughborough Lightning legend Hunter won 10 Six Nations titles, a World Cup in 2014 and was crowned World Player of the Year in 2016 prior to calling time on her career last month.

The Red Roses are currently searching for a new head coach with Simon Middleton set to depart at the end of this year's Six Nations, with his side unbeaten after the opening three matches.

Hunter, 37, is not in the running to replace her former boss but admits the role is something which may interest her in the future.

Speaking ahead of England’s clash with Ireland on Saturday, Hunter said: “Being involved with the Red Roses as a player was so special.

"The ultimate of coaching is being able to lead your national side.

"I'm not sure we’re at the level yet to be able to talk about it but it would be an absolute honour to go back and be involved in the Red Roses, albeit in a different way."

Hunter, who made her 141st and final international appearance in a 58-7 rout against Scotland, is still at the heart of the women’s game.  

As well as fulfilling punditry duties for the BBC, she is honing her coaching skills at former side Loughborough Lightning, ensuring her knowledge and expertise are being put to good use.

She said: "Whilst playing I looked after Lightning's forwards but I'm now going to take on a more full-time role which is nice knowing I have something that will pay my bills on a regular basis.

"I really enjoy coaching, I really enjoy being able to help and develop players and see where they can go on their own journey.

"I'm really excited about where I can go on my coaching journey, see how I can improve and maybe go to different environments to see different people and to learn and develop in that way."

Hunter will be keeping a watchful eye on how England finish their Six Nations campaign after sizable victories against the Scots, Italy and Wales.

A victory at Musgrave Park this weekend could set up a potential Grand Slam decider against France at Twickenham, in the first standalone women's match at the Home of Rugby.

With more than 50,000 tickets already sold for the tournament showpiece, Hunter believes it will be an occasion to remember.

She added: "It's potentially going to be one of the best games there has ever been.

"You've got two of the best teams in the world going for what is more than likely going to be a Grand Slam decider.

"It's going to be an almighty climax to the tournament and a fantastic occasion for a rugby fan."

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