EMILY Scott has been praised by her former coach after winning bronze on the final day of the Commonwealth Games.

Scott, who is an ex-Seevic College student, was a key part of England’s rugby sevens side on Australia’s Gold Coast.

England secured a 24-19 win over Canada in the third place play-off to finish in the podium positions.

Dean White coached Scott while she was a member of Thurrock T-Birds.

And although she has already achieved so much during her career, White believes Scott has a bright future ahead of her.

White said: “Emily has always been a fantastic player with natural abilities.

“She is coachable, intelligent and an all-round quality player.

“Emily would be an asset to any team in the world and I’m so proud of what she has achieved.

“She still has years left and she will only get better.”

The 25-year-old was one of 12 players to be selected to represent England at the Commonwealth Games.

And England successfully negotiated the group stages, where they went head-to-head with Fiji, Wales and hosts Australia.

Although the women’s team lost 26-5 to New Zealand in the semi-finals, Scott and her team-mates got the better of Canada in the third place play-off.

As a result, the Corringham-based Scott will return to south Essex with a bronze medal.

Scott’s success comes two years after leaving the 2016 Olympic Games in disappointed fashion.

The fly-half was a member of the Team GB rugby sevens side that narrowly missed out on a medal in Rio.

Scott, who now plies her trade for Saracens, will be looking to continue her impressive form by bagging a place in the squad that will compete at Tokyo 2020.

England finished the Commonwealth Games having picked up 136 medals - including 45 golds - with Australia being the only nation to enjoy more success.

A host of the medal winners have south Essex connections.

Max Whitlock, of South Essex Gymnastics Club, won gold in the men’s team event before notching silver on the pommel horse.

The Basildon-born Alice Kinsella earned gold on the women’s beam, while badminton star Sarah Walker claimed a silver and bronze.