INDIA Harvey ended her rugby career on a high after helping Thurrock’s Ladies side secure their 11th Championship title.

A 29-10 victory at London Irish made sure of a first place finish for the T-Birds.

And Harvey was delighted to sign off in style.

This is our 11th Championship title yet this one feels the most special, not only to me but I also think the team,” said the Hockley based Harvey.

“With a whole new group of players, winning the league for both the first and second team is a massive statement.

“Every game has been super tough and competitive and it came down to the wire knowing we had to win on Sunday with a bonus point to secure the league.

“For me it’s the most special, as that was my last game for the T-Birds so to go out on a high was something I could only have wished for.”

Thurrock’s win was their 16th triumph in 18 games this season, putting them out of reach of second placed Old Albanians.

And Harvey is delighted with how the new look T-Birds have performed this season.

“We as a team are incredibly pleased to have won the league title again,” said Harvey.

“This year was definitely about building again with a lot of players leaving last season so to have won the double, with both the first and second team winning the league, is an incredible achievement.

“But it was one we knew we were capable of.”

However, Harvey also stressed the season was not yet over for her team-mates.

“The girls still have a job to do,” said Harvey.

“They’ll be trying to win a semi-final and final which is to be played at Twickenham for the north against south match.”

Harvey has opted not to be involved and admits opting to end her rugby career was a tough call to make.

“It was the hardest decision I have ever had to make but I feel now is the right time me, my family and my body,” said Harvey.

“Thurrock has been my home for 14 years and I have absolutely loved every single minute.

“We have achieved so much as a club, with the highest achievement probably getting into the women’s Premiership but for me, the proudest achievement for me is the culture we have built and I know I’m leaving at a time where “Thurrock are just growing from strength to strength and I wish them luck with everything going forward.”

Harvey will be sorely missed by her side and coach Dean White could not speak highly enough about the centre.

“I truly believe that India has been one of the very best players in the country,” said White.

“Her record speaks for itself and every player that has played with or against her would agree.

“She has been an absolute pleasure to coach.

“I really hope she enjoys family life now and one day maybe I can coach alongside her.”