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Alice Richardson

Alice Richardson

Key Facts

SquadRichmond
PositionFly half
Age27
Height1.72m (5'8")
Weight71kg (11st 2lb)
Caps36

Profile

A BSc Sport Science and Nutrition (Hons) degree opened the way for Alice Richardson to become a personal trainer and conditioning coach.  A RFU Level 2 coach, she has 36 England caps and scored 46 international points, including a try in the 2011 Nations Cup triumph over Canada.

Alice switched from centre to fly half for the second and third games in the Nations Cup in August 2011, having been awarded the vice captaincy before the earlier victories over South Africa by 46-8 and Canada by 22-10. She appeared in the final game of the three Test series against New Zealand in the autumn. Alice was also second in command when England beat the Black Ferns 17-8 at Aldershot Army Rugby Stadium to clinch a series win in November 2012.

Educated at Inkberrow First, Ridgeway Middle, Alcester High and Alcester Grammar Schools, Alice, now of Richmond, played for Worcester seniors for five years, having joined the club at U16 level. Her representative honours span England U19, Academy, A team, Sevens and Seniors.

She was Richmond’s Player of the Season in 2007, has captained the club’s Sevens team and led England at that level in the World Cup against Russia. Tours have taken her to New Zealand, Canada, four times to Dubai, the Netherlands, Hong Kong and Italy with England.

Alice played off the bench for Rachael Burford in the opening game of the 2010 WRWC against Ireland, started the semi-final against Australia and was a replacement in the final against New Zealand. Her best memory in the abbreviated game is the 2012 Hong Kong Sevens final against Australia.

She captained the England Sevens team that won the World Series round two tournament in Houston last February, was in the squad that triumphed in first round of the European Sevens Series in Brive in June and was a try-scorer in the 22-0 win over Ireland in the Plate semi final at the RWC Sevens in Moscow later that month. 

Alice’s brother Jim has played for Worcester, Loughborough and Stratford-upon-Avon and she has been an LTA ranked and senior county tennis player, a qualified lifeguard and has represented the Midlands at swimming.

Gary Street, the England Women’s head coach, is a mentor, along with England Sevens head coach Barry Maddocks. Players who have inspired Alice are François Steyn, of South Africa and Quade Cooper, of Australia, together with Morgan Parra and Thierry Dusautoir, both of France.  Her top ground is Twickenham.

Last updated: August 13, 2013

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