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Admiration of Agustin Pichot, the former Argentina scrum half, for his champagne rugby has provided the stimulus for Amy Turner to play some of her own as her 59 caps and 14 tries testify. Amy said: “He is an amazing character and was a very passionate player.”
Not only did Amy return to international action, though ‘non cap’, against France in the autumn of 2011, it was 14 months after her last appearance in the WRWC final and this time she was playing at hooker rather than scrum half.
Her first Test appearance at hooker was off the bench for Vicky Fleetwood at half time against France at Châteaurenaud three days later. In late November 2011, she was also used as a replacement after 55 minutes in the Twickenham match that produced a memorable 10-0 win over New Zealand. Amy started the second Test in which the Red Roses clinched a series victory with a 21-7 success and again wore the No.2 jersey in the final Test that produced an 8-8 draw.
She had previously been ruled out through an injury sustained while playing Sevens in Dubai. She said: “I spent a year on the sidelines, though originally it was going to be an operation and six weeks’ absence. Further injuries meant a second operation.” Amy also regards Jo Yapp, ex-England, highly and respects Sue Day, whom she rates as “a fantastic athlete and a true role model for women in sport”.
Her first tentative steps in the game were at the age of seven at Kingston RFC and she moved on to Rosslyn Park when 16. After two years there, Amy spent four years with Wasps and in 2007 joined Richmond, where she is the present captain.
Amy’s working life is with the Metropolitan Police as a police community officer. She was educated at Our Lady Immaculate School in Surbiton, Holy Cross Secondary School, Buckinghamshire University and St Mary’s University.
Last updated: February 05, 2013