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Amber Reed

AmberReed

Key Facts

SquadBristol
PositionCentre
Age23
Height1.78m (5'10")
Weight82kg (12st 12lb)
Caps17

Profile

Rugby is in Amber’s blood. With her uncle, Andy Reed, a British Lion and Scotland international and her dad a keen club player in the Bristol area there was no getting away from the game while Amber was growing up. But she wouldn't have had it any other way.

Having said that, it was the round ball that dominated her early days. “After eight years playing football I thought it was time for a change and so I started playing rugby for my school at the age of 14,” she said. But it didn't stop at rugby. Such are the talents of Amber, she played youth cricket for Gloucestershire and hockey for Bristol.

Amber’s never been involved in a World Cup before but after playing in France on two occasions, once for England Women Under 20s and again in this year's Six Nations, she's very much looking forward to the atmosphere for which the French are renowned.

Having secured a 2:1 in Exercise and Sports Science from the University of Exeter where, in the 2012/13 season, she won the British University Colleges Sports Person of the Year award, she now plays her rugby for Bristol – a team she also captains.

Her greatest World Cup memory is, unsurprisingly, Jonny Wilkinson's winning drop goal in Australia 2003. And it's the famous fly half, along with New Zealand's Richie McCaw, she admires most in the game. Out of the sport, she holds Dame Kelly Holmes in high regard, not only for her double Olympic golds but also her charity work for the Dame Kelly Holmes Legacy Trust.

Amber works as a Graduate Sports Coach at Bloxham School in Oxfordshire and is currently learning to play the guitar.

Last updated: July 1, 2014

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