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  • Claire Allan

    Claire Allan

    DoB1985-05-07 Birthplace Height1.68 m (5' 6") Weight64 kg (10 st 1 lb) Position

    Claire Allan’s rugby career turned full circle with her return to Richmond last autumn, the club where she first started playing rugby aged 14. In the interim Claire played for Clifton, Wasps, Worcester and Saracens.

    Initially educated at St Stephen’s Junior School and Orleans Park Second School, both in Twickenham, she gained a BTEC in Sport & Exercise Science at Loughborough University and is now a police officer with the Metropolitan Police in Acton.

    Her 15-a-side commitments span matches in Canada, France, Italy and Spain but Claire is not the only family to have sporting travels. Sister Liz is on a soccer scholarship in the USA.

    Claire unluckily missed the 2010 WRWC after being injured in training and undergoing knee reconstruction. She said: “I want to come back fitter and stronger than before.”
     

    Claire Allan
  • Margaret Alphonsi

    Margaret Alphonsi

    DoB1983-12-20 Birthplace Height1.59 m (5' 3") Weight75 kg (11 st 11 lb) Position

    Named the IRB Women’s Personality of the Year in 2006 following her prolific performances in the Women’s Rugby World Cup, Maggie is now a key member of England’s backrow. The 24-year-old works as a Club Coach Officer for the RFUW and lists playing in the 2006 Rugby World Cup Final as one of her career highlights.

    Margaret Alphonsi
  • Emily Braund

    Emily Braund

    DoB BirthplaceCambridge Height1.82 m (6' 0") Weight84 kg (13 st 3 lb) PositionLock

    Emily Braund
  • Natasha Brennan

    Natasha Brennan

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    Natasha Brennan
  • Rachael Burford

    Rachael Burford

    DoB1986-08-19 Birthplace Height1.65 m (5' 5") Weight68 kg (10 st 10 lb) Position

    England’s Vice-Captain this season, Rachel has earned many plaudits since winning her first cap against South Africa in the 2006 Rugby World Cup where she christened her debut with a try. She has also represented England A, England Under 19s, the England Academy and captained England Sevens in 2007.

    Rachael Burford
  • Rowena Burnfield

    Rowena Burnfield

    DoB1988-09-27 Birthplace Height1.78 m (5' 10") Weight77 kg (12 st 1 lb) Position

    A farm worker in the family business at Longstock in Hampshire, Rowena was educated at Test Valley School and Peter Symonds College in Winchester and is one of three triplet sisters to play for the Andover club and for the college.

    Her most memorable game was her first cap against Ireland in 2008-09.

    Rugby mentors have been Giselle Mather and Karen Findlay since she first played the game at Wherwell County Primary School in Andover.

    She had a brief spell at Number 8 and her favourite venue is the Richmond Athletic Ground. Away from rugby, Rowena enjoys watching Arsenal.
     

    Rowena Burnfield
  • Abigail Chamberlain

    Abigail Chamberlain

    DoB1984-09-27 Birthplace Height1.71 m (5' 7") Weight71 kg (11 st 2 lb) PositionCentre

    One of ten uncapped players in the 44-strong England Elite squad announced in the autumn of 2010, Abigail Chamberlain has played for the A team and Sevens and joined Richmond last season after playing for Worcester.

    Her plans to move back to London after completing her studies at Worcester University to play for a bigger Premiership team were realised.

    Abi continued: “I also wanted to be nearer to Twickenham Stadium, which is the home of England Rugby.”

    She helped England to win the European Sevens Championships in July 2009 at Hanover, Germany and contributed conversions in the wins over Spain (24-0), Sweden (7-0), Portugal (32-0) and Germany (44-0) in the semi finals.

    They clinched the trophy to add to their bulging silverware cabinet by beating Spain 30-12.
     

    Abigail Chamberlain
  • Rocky Clark

    Rocky Clark

    DoB1981-05-29 BirthplaceHigh Wycombe Height1.70 m (5' 7") Weight86 kg (13 st 7 lb) PositionProp

    After proudly leading out England on winning her fiftieth cap against Ireland in the 2010 WRWC, Rochelle Clark can reflect on a highly successful career that began when she was 15 with Beaconsfield.

    She said: “Geoff Richards gave me my first cap, together with a taste for elite rugby.

    "Also, Rob Drinkwater recognised my potential while England forwards coach Graham Smith strives to make me better and better.”

    A specialist loose head prop where she has always figured, Rochelle admires Jason Leonard, England’s most capped player and England prop Andrew Sheridan.

    Born in High Wycombe, she is now a personal trainer and gym instructor in Amersham and also works as a rugby coach with the Buckinghamshire University men’s team.

    She was appointed as head coach of Berks, Bucks & Oxon One North club Chesham Stags for 2010-11, and is about to complete her RFU Level 3 accredited coaching award.

    Rocky Clark
  • Emma Croker

    Emma Croker

    DoB1982-09-29 BirthplaceChelmsford Height1.62 m (5' 4") Weight72 kg (11 st 4 lb) PositionHooker

    Emma is another athlete to have excelled internationally in two sports.

    In 2010 she not only featured in the Rugby World Cup final but also became the English weightlifting champion.

    She started playing rugby at University College Chichester, where a BA (Hons) in Physical Education set her on a career path that has led to an appointment as head of physical education at Swakeleys School for Girls in Hillingdon, Middlesex.

    Emma had joined Richmond, the club she captained in 2008-09, from university in 2003 and scoring a try at Twickenham to achieve a Sevens’ victory over New Zealand is Emma’s highlight, along with the 2010 World Cup final.

    Emma Croker
  • Fiona Davidson

    Fiona Davidson

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    Fiona Davidson
  • Megan Ellery

    Megan Ellery

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    Megan Ellery
  • Becky Essex

    Becky Essex

    DoB1982-11-16 BirthplaceGrantham Height1.77 m (5' 10") Weight75 kg (11 st 11 lb) PositionLock/Back Row

    Becky is a special needs teacher who was introduced to the game by her sister. She has also excelled in athletics and hockey, the latter of which she has played for her country. Her best sporting moment was scoring a try at Twickenham in the BUSA final.

    Becky Essex
  • Heather Fisher

    Heather Fisher

    DoB1984-06-13 Birthplace Height1.64 m (5' 5") Weight74 kg (11 st 9 lb) Position

    Dual international honours are among the distinctions of Heather Fisher, who represented Great Britain in bobsleigh from 2006-08, competing in junior championships, the British Championship and on the European circuit.

    Most recently, she made a surprise return to bobsleigh in November 2010 as an injury replacement for GBR1 brakewoman Kelly Denyer in the Britannia Rescue British team competing in the Americas Cup.

    A sports lecturer at Warwickshire College in Henley-in-Arden, she rates playing in the Amsterdam Sevens against New Zealand as her abiding memory in the game.

    Heather is a past winner of the England Sevens Coaches’ Player of the Year award and is the current England Players’ Player of the Year.

    During her travels with the Sevens squad she played in San Diego and that has become her favourite ground.

    Heather Fisher
  • Victoria Fleetwood

    Victoria Fleetwood

    DoB1990-04-03 BirthplaceNuneaton Height1.62 m (5' 4") Weight73 kg (11 st 7 lb) PositionHooker

    Once the UK’s No 1 junior hurdler, Vicky Fleetwood has converted those skills into success on the rugby field. She is now in the final year of three studying Sport & Exercise Science at Leeds Metropolitan University.

    Vicky played for the Leicester Forest club until 2006-07, has figured ten times for England U20s, in two England A games and is now targeting her first senior cap.

    Vicky switched from centre to hooker, where she still plays, only a month before being picked in that position for England U20s when they demolished Wales 31-0 at Cardiff in 2008.

    She was also in the Championship winning side in the inaugural U20s Nations Cup during her three seasons with the side. Vicky’s favourite past player is Neil Back, wakeboarding is her special hobby and Twickenham her top ground
     

    Victoria Fleetwood
  • Deborah Fleming

    Deborah Fleming

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    Deborah Fleming
  • Mercedes Foy

    Mercedes Foy

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    Mercedes Foy
  • Hannah Gallagher

    Hannah Gallagher

    DoB BirthplaceHarlow Height1.70 m (5' 7") Weight74 kg (11 st 9 lb) PositionFlanker

    Hannah Gallagher
  • Megan Goddard

    Megan Goddard

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    Megan Goddard
  • Georgina Gulliver

    Georgina Gulliver

    DoB BirthplaceBath Height1.61 m (5' 3") Weight62 kg (9 st 10 lb) PositionScrum Half

    Georgina Gulliver
  • Sophie Hemming

    Sophie Hemming

    DoB1980-06-20 Birthplace Height1.69 m (5' 7") Weight77 kg (12 st 1 lb) Position

    Sophie, a veterinary surgeon, will be hoping to build on her three caps gained in last season’s RBS 6 Nations. She was introduced to rugby at the University of Bristol, aged 19.

    Sophie Hemming
  • Natasha Hunt

    Natasha Hunt

    DoB1989-03-21 Birthplace Height1.65 m (5' 5") Weight63 kg (9 st 13 lb) Position

    After playing on the wing, Natasha Hunt is enjoying a double switch with a move to scrum half and a geographical change by joining Lichfield this season after a year with Bristol.

    Though uncapped, she has extensive experience, having appeared 11 times for England U20, four for England A and five for England Sevens.

    A Drybrook girl, Natasha, also known as ‘Mo’, said that she was “chuffed to bits” after her England Elite squad selection.

    She said: “It’s very exciting and brilliant to be named, especially as I’ve only just joined my new club and am really enjoying it.”

    She was educated at Dene Magna, Hartpury College and Bath University where she took a BA course in Coach Education and Sports Development and also played for the city club from 2007-09.

    Natasha now works as a PE assistant and rugby specialist at King Edward’s School in Birmingham.

    Natasha Hunt
  • Sarah Hunter

    Sarah Hunter

    DoB1985-09-19 BirthplaceNewcastle-Upon-Tyne Height1.77 m (5' 10") Weight80 kg (12 st 8 lb) PositionNumber 8/Flanker

    Another product of the RFUW’s successful player pathway system Sarah has played for England Under 19s, England Academy, England A and most recently England in the RBS 6 Nations last season. She says winning her first cap against Scotland is her best sporting moment to date.

    Sarah Hunter
  • Laura Keates

    Laura Keates

    DoB1988-08-05 BirthplaceTupsley Height1.66 m (5' 5") Weight85 kg (13 st 5 lb) PositionProp

    Identified by England’s coaches as a player of potential, Laura Keates won selection for the England U19 squad at the age of 16.

    Laura, from Tupsley, Hereford, took up the game in the Bishop of Hereford Bluecoat U15 team, won county honours, captained West Midlands U16 and also played at the Greyhound club in Hereford.

    Laura went on to Birmingham University, studying Zoology, and is now supply teaching in Birmingham and praises Mark Edwards, her junior rugby coach.

    She has captained England U19s and U20s and broadened her rugby education on tours to Canada, Spain and France.

    She said: “My most memorable match was going to France last year to play their A team. It was one of the hardest games in which I have been involved but a really enjoyable tour.”

    Laura Keates
  • Ceri Large

    Ceri Large

    DoB Birthplace Height1.73 m (5' 8") Weight73 kg (11 st 7 lb) PositionFly Half

    Ceri Large
  • Ruth Laybourn

    Ruth Laybourn

    DoB Birthplace Height1.72 m (5' 8") Weight62 kg (9 st 10 lb) Position

    Ruth Laybourn
  • Sophie Lee

    Sophie Lee

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    Sophie Lee
  • Siobhan Longdon-Hughes

    Siobhan Longdon-Hughes

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    Siobhan Longdon-Hughes
  • Justine Lucas

    Justine Lucas

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    Justine Lucas
  • La Toya Mason

    La Toya Mason

    DoB1984-07-21 BirthplaceAuckland Height1.63 m (5' 4") Weight63 kg (9 st 13 lb) Position

    Receiving a first cap for playing against the country of her birth was an unforgettable moment for La Toya Mason.

    She said: “I appeared against New Zealand last year and was so nervous and emotional but it was also so amazing at the same time. To have my good friends from New Zealand around me when I was given the cap was so special.”

    La Toya has advanced to ten caps, including a starting place in the 12-try defeat of Kazakhstan in the 2010 WRWC pool match.

    She scored a maiden Test try in that game early in the second half after exploiting a gap on the left wing.

    Auckland-born La Toya qualified for England because all her grandparents were born in this country.

    Her working life is now spent as an administrator for Active Ealing, an arm of Ealing Council.

    La Toya Mason
  • Alexandra Matthews

    Alexandra Matthews

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    Alexandra Matthews
  • Fran Matthews

    Fran Matthews

    DoB1989-06-16 Birthplace Height1.65 m (5' 5") Weight68 kg (10 st 10 lb) Position

    Two of the three tries that Fran Matthews has scored at international level came in the 29-13 triumph over Ireland in Dublin in March 2009.

    She also set up a third try for captain Catherine Spencer, having already made an impact in her first Nations Cup tournament the previous year.

    Fran, a lifeguard at DC Leisure Arena in Camberley, played for the town club from the age of six onwards and Blaydon before joining Richmond and has won the Six Nations Championship with England to which her young sister Alex probably aspires.

    She plays for London Irish and England U20.

    Food, films, other sports and socialising are on Fran’s relaxation time agenda.

    As well as her specialist role as a wing, she has appeared at centre and full back and her favourite ground is none other than HQ – Twickenham.

    Fran Matthews
  • Jo McGilchrist

    Jo McGilchrist

    DoB1983-08-27 BirthplaceChichester Height1.80 m (5' 11") Weight76 kg (11 st 13 lb) PositionLock/Number 8

    In four seasons at senior international level Joanna has won 39 caps and scored four tries.

    Most recently she was a key figure for England in the 2010 WRWC and her try saving tackle in the WRWC final against New Zealand won her universal praise.

    She was also named Sky Sports Woman of the Match in the WRWC semi final against Australia.

    She rates the 10-3 win over New Zealand at Twickenham in November 2009 as the outstanding moment in her career.

    Chichester-born Joanna attended St Bees School in Cumbria and New Park, St Andrews before going to university and gaining a BSc in Fashion and Textile Retailing and a BSc in Physiotherapy.

    She is a physiotherapist with West Middlesex University Hospital.

    Jo McGilchrist
  • Sarah McKenna

    Sarah McKenna

    DoB1989-03-23 Birthplace Height1.65 m (5' 5") Weight66 kg (10 st 5 lb) Position

    Four clubs have helped Sarah McKenna along the way into the England Elite squad.

    She has been with Old Albanians for the past four years after playing for Harpenden (1995-2002), Scorpions (2002-05) and Fullerians (2005-06).
    Sarah’s rugby mentors have been Dave Sharp, her first coach at Harpenden, her father Neil and England U20s coach Giselle Mather.

    She helped England U20s to win the Nations Cup and at the end of the 2009 season, was part of the Old Albanians’ squad that beat Camp Hill in a playoff to win promotion to the Premiership.

    Her side had won 13 of their 14 games, scoring 75 tries, a staggering 30 more than any other team in their league with Sarah amassing 122 points.

    Her playing record also includes 12 matches for England U20s. She has moved between the No 10 and No 12 shirts, having started in the backs before playing as a flanker.

    Sarah McKenna
  • Katy McLean

    Katy McLean

    DoB1985-12-19 Birthplace Height1.69 m (5' 7") Weight72 kg (11 st 4 lb) Position

    Katy made a real impact for England last season in the RBS 6 Nations sharing the fly-half position with the now retired Karen Andrew. She will certainly be looking for more caps this year as she tries to make the number 10 shirt her own. The Family Learning Officer has also played international rugby for England Under 19s, England A and the England Academy.

    Katy McLean
  • Kat Merchant

    Kat Merchant

    DoB1985-10-29 Birthplace Height1.72 m (5' 8") Weight64 kg (10 st 1 lb) Position

    Kat, a student, scored a try on her England debut in the 2005 Six Nations against Ireland. She has also captained England Under 19s and her sister has also represented England at Athletics.

    Kat Merchant
  • Harriet Millar-Mills

    Harriet Millar-Mills

    DoB BirthplaceStockport Height1.78 m (5' 10") Weight84 kg (13 st 3 lb) PositionBack Row

    Harriet Millar-Mills
  • Marlie Packer

    Marlie Packer

    DoB1989-10-02 Birthplace Height1.63 m (5' 4") Weight72 kg (11 st 4 lb) Position

    Since taking up the game at the age of five with Ivel Barbarians and spending 13 years with the club, Marlie Packer moved on to Bath (2007-09) before joining Bristol last year.

    Schooled at Birchfield and Buckler’s Mead, she works as a plumber for DR Jones in Yeovil her home town and represented her county, England U20s and England A before winning a full cap when England beat Sweden 80-3 in the European Championships in Limoges in May 2008.

    Marlie has travelled to Spain, Holland and France for matches and last season captained England U20 along the way to a place in the Elite squad.

    She began as a hooker, moved to the second row and in recent times has played in every back row position. Her favourite ground is Cleve.
     

    Marlie Packer
  • Claire Purdy

    Claire Purdy

    DoB1980-04-01 Birthplace Height1.68 m (5' 6") Weight85 kg (13 st 5 lb) Position

    Claire lists winning the league and cup double for Wasps in 2005 as her rugby career highlight to date though she would like to build on her two England caps this season. The 27-year-old is an underwriter who has also played for England A, England Students and the England Academy.

    Claire Purdy
  • Amber Reed

    Amber Reed

    DoB Birthplace Height1.78 m (5' 10") Weight78 kg (12 st 4 lb) PositionCentre

    Amber Reed
  • Leanne Riley

    Leanne Riley

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    Leanne Riley
  • Emily Scarratt

    Emily Scarratt

    DoB1990-02-08 Birthplace Height1.82 m (6' 0") Weight78 kg (12 st 4 lb) Position

    Versatility is the name of Emily Scarratt’s game.

    She began playing with scrum half ambitions at Leicester Forest, formerly Old Bosworthians, at the age of five before moving to fly half and then playing as a centre and full back.

    With 17 tries, including one against the USA in the 2010 WRWC, in 22 Test appearances, her switch has paid off, dating back to a debut against the United States in the Nations Cup two years ago.

    The 2010 WRWC final is her most memorable match.

    Now in her third and final year studying Sport & Exercise Science at Leeds Metropolitan University, Leicester-born Emily joined Lichfield in 2007.

    All of that would not have been possible without the backing of dad Mark, whom Emily says is her chief supporter and taxi driver!

    Emily Scarratt
  • Emily Scott

    Emily Scott

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    Emily Scott
  • Michaela Staniford

    Michaela Staniford

    DoB1987-01-11 Birthplace Height1.74 m (5' 9") Weight70 kg (11 st 0 lb) Position

    An unlucky knee injury in training to Richmond’s Claire Allan gave Michaela Staniford, of Wasps, the tantalising opportunity to play in her second World Cup.

    She also reached the 40-cap landmark by starting the second pool match against Kazakhstan and playing off the bench in the semi final triumph over Australia.

    Michaela, who was born in High Wycombe, has run in 16 international tries, appeared in the 2006 WRWC and the 2009 WRWC Sevens and represented England at five levels including U19s and A team.

    She was co-captain of England Sevens with Sonia Green last season.

    Michaela is a student at the University of Hertfordshire, completing a Masters in Education part time while working as a PE teacher at Rickmansworth, her old school.

    She previously attained a Sport Science degree at St Mary’s University.
     

    Michaela Staniford
  • Tamara Taylor

    Tamara Taylor

    DoB1981-08-10 Birthplace Height1.00 m (3' 3") Weight84 kg (13 st 3 lb) Position

    Tamara, who went to the same school as England internationals Ayoola Erinle and Andy Vilk, grew up in Zambia and Botswana before moving to Whitchurch. A community rugby coach, she first started playing rugby at the age of 15. The 26-year-old also played in the 2006 Rugby World Cup final.

    Tamara Taylor
  • Lydia Thompson

    Lydia Thompson

    DoB Birthplace Height1.70 m (5' 7") Weight68 kg (10 st 10 lb) PositionWing

    Lydia Thompson
  • Sally Tuson

    Sally Tuson

    DoB BirthplacePrestbury Height1.67 m (5' 6") Weight72 kg (11 st 4 lb) PositionCentre

    Sally Tuson
  • Danielle Waterman

    Danielle Waterman

    DoB1985-01-20 Birthplace Height1.65 m (5' 5") Weight62 kg (9 st 10 lb) Position

    Danielle was one of England’s earliest starters, picking up a rugby ball for the first time when she was just four. That may have had something to do with her Dad who played nearly 500 games for Bath. Before moving to Clifton, she played for Minehead Barbarians and Henley.

    Danielle Waterman
  • Kay Wilson

    Kay Wilson

    DoB1991-09-19 Birthplace Height1.67 m (5' 6") Weight68 kg (10 st 10 lb) PositionWing

    It has been a whirlwind 12 months for Kay Wilson, who made her England U20s debut against France last March and has since won a place in the England Elite squad.

    Kay was educated at St John’s Junior School in Caterham and St Bede’s in Redhill and is now a gap year student working at Oakhyrst School in Caterham.

    She has progressed through the RFUW ranks, having represented the RFUW Talent Development Group and appearing three times for England U20s, twice against Wales.

    A former fly half, she moved to the wing and recalls her U20s debut against France with special pleasure.

    “Pulling on an England shirt was wonderful and there was a massive crowd,” she said.

    Kay Wilson
  • Amy Wilson Hardy

    Amy Wilson Hardy

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    Amy Wilson Hardy