Meet the WAGs heading to the Rugby World Cup to support England

Alan Shearer’s influencer daughter, a restaurant owner and a self-made businesswoman: Meet the WAGs heading to the Rugby World Cup to support England

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Alan Shearer’s influencer daughter has switched sports and is leading the charge of the rugby Wags in France today.

Hollie Shearer, 28, started dating England ace Joe Marchant last year and the pair look set to become the sport’s new power couple.

While the 6ft, 14-stone centre is expected to light up the World Cup on the pitch, his girlfriend is making waves off it. Alongside a successful career for fashion brand Pretty Little Thing, Miss Shearer is a singer-songwriter with nearly a million listens on Spotify.

It has seen her amass more than 80,000 followers on Instagram, where she revealed she was dating the player in August last year.

But her father did not give her choice of boyfriend a particularly ringing endorsement. The former England and Newcastle striker joked: ‘I’m just glad it’s not a footballer.’

Hollie Shearer, 28, is a singer-songwriter with nearly a million listens on Spotify

Hollie is pictured with her boyfriend Joe Marchant, who plays centre for England

The tournament could be the start of a big year for Marchant, 27, and Miss Shearer, who are moving out to Paris as he joins French club Stade Francais after nine years with Harlequins.

It means waving goodbye to London teammate Marcus Smith and his girlfriend Beth Dolling, who will be joining them at the World Cup.

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Miss Dolling, 23, is another singer-songwriter who also models for PrettyLittleThing.

She is not shy in showing her affections for Smith, 24, regularly uploading pictures of them together.

A week before the World Cup kicked off she posted a picture of them together and wrote: ‘So proud of you. I miss you already but see you very soon in France.’ The fly-half responded: ‘Love ya x.’

The couple have been together for nearly four years, with Miss Dolling writing on their last anniversary: ‘Three years of us, forever to go. I love you more and more every day, you special human.’

Smith will be battling it out for the No 10 shirt with rival fly-half George Ford, who starts today and has wife Atdhetare in his corner.

The couple tied the knot last year, two years after Ford, 30, broke up with ex-fiancee Jessica Portman.

England captain Courtney Lawes pictured wife and self-made businesswoman Jessica, 34

Fly-half Marcus Smith, 24, pictured with his girlfriend Beth Dolling

Another couple out in France are England winger Elliot Daly, 30, and his wife Michelle, 31

Kosovo-born Atdhetare Ford pictured, who is a hospitality specialist

Kosovo-born Mrs Ford, 29, is a hospitality specialist who runs a restaurant in the Sale Sharks player’s home town of Oldham.

Another couple out in France are England winger Elliot Daly, 30, and his wife Michelle, 31.

The Saracens ace shared a series of photos after their wedding in September 2021 and wrote: ‘One month ago today I got to marry my soulmate. 10 years of knowing each other, four years engaged and now finally married.’

Mrs Daly studied at the London School of Photography and now has her own studio. She will be joined by England captain Courtney Lawes’s wife and self-made businesswoman Jessica, 34. 

After working in real estate, Mrs Lawes set up her own parenting business called The Mum Club. It has grown to have 40 franchises, including one in Dubai, and has hosted more than 500 events. The mother-of-four married the 6ft 7in lock in 2015.

Meanwhile Jonny May, 33, will hope he is more sure-footed on the wing than when he married his wife Sophie, 32, in the Wiltshire village of Patney in 2017. Wedding photographer Nick Church wrote how ‘Jonny lost his footing when coming back up the aisle… dragging Sophie into the front row’.

While Danny Care, 36, will be warming the bench tonight, the scrum-half’s wife enjoys taking centre stage. Jodie, 32, had a glitzy OK magazine photoshoot with her husband after their wedding in 2016.

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