World Cup-winning former England coach Gary Street recovering after 'massive stroke'

Gary Street coached England Women's side between 2007 and 2015
Gary Street coached England Women's side between 2007 and 2015

Gary Street, the former England coach who guided the team to victory in the Women's World Cup in 2014, is currently recovering from a "massive stroke" that occurred subsequent to a heart bypass surgery in August.

His family has initiated a fundraising effort, disclosing that Street faced various "additional challenges" post the scheduled heart operation and is still hospitalized. According to them, complications arising from the operation resulted in a blood clot on his brain, leading to the significant stroke.

There is hope for Street's imminent discharge from the hospital, and his family is actively seeking financial support to aid in his continued recovery.

“The future is uncertain,” Helen wrote in a GoFundMe appeal that has already raised nearly £10,000.

“While he has surpassed doctors’ expectations, the chance of full recovery remains unknown. Daily intensive physiotherapy, along with speech and occupational therapy, is essential to continue his progress.

“Upon discharge, he faces a two-year wait for speech therapy and a four-month wait for physiotherapy. That’s why I am reaching out to the rugby family to rally around and help fund these services so that Gary’s relentless fight for recovery can continue immediately as he leaves the hospital.

"Additionally, funds raised will contribute towards ensuring Gary can become as independent as possible with any further equipment needed and home adjustments as necessary.

“Gary has helped people in many different walks of life and has made meaningful connections with so many, dedicating his time to supporting various charities.

"This is evident in the outpouring of love and support he has received from far and wide during these difficult months. If you can practically show this love and support, you can make a real difference and give Gary every chance of rebuilding and regaining the life he once had.”

Street joined England as an assistant coach in 2006 winning his first Six Nations Grand Slam before he was appointed the head coach a year later. He coached them to the final of the 2010 Women's Rugby World Cup and went on to win five Six Nations' in a row. He also coached the England Women's team to a World Cup triumph in 2014.