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Amy Wilson Hardy

AmyWilsonHardy

Key Facts

SquadBristol
PositionCentre
Age23
Height1.68m (5'6")
Weight70kg (11st 0lb)
Caps3

Profile

Reading through a number of the profiles of the best of a very good crop of women’s rugby players in this country, you will notice that a number have followed a similar path through university where the study of such things as sport or exercise or sport and exercise is prevalent. Amy, then, stands out as being a little different. The 22 year-old is currently in the 4th year of a five-year course at the University of Bath where she is reading Integrated Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, something which will doubtless stand her in very good stead in the future. The Bristol centre, who was born in Poole in Dorset, previously got good grades at Our Lady of Sion Junior and Senior School in Worthing before she moved onto Worthing College.

It was in Worthing where her interest in rugby began. Amy picks up the story: “I first played tag rugby with my school at a tournament at Worthing RFC and my first contact rugby training session followed very soon after that at the club with Worthing under-15s. I played my first ever game at prop at the age of 12 but quickly moved to the centres via a few appearances at second row.”

Ben Coulson at Worthing College/Worthing RFC and Sireli Bulicokocoko – a Fijian rugby coach – then both proved to be major aids in Amy’s development as a player. “I was lucky enough to be coached by Sireli when I was younger and to this day he gives me advice, encouragement and support,” she added.

Susie Appleby and LJ Adams at Bristol are now the major mentors. Amy, who also played for Hove, joined Bristol in 2010 and was named the club’s Most Improved and the Players’ Player of the Year after the 2012/13 season. Indeed, it was quite a year for Amy who bagged her first England cap in the USA in the summer of 2013. Amy recalls: “It was against South Africa in Colorado. Just in case a first cap game isn’t memorable enough – this game got postponed for a day by a tornado. When we did manage to get on the pitch, we won and I managed to score so it was worth the wait!”

She could have celebrated that moment not with the normal rugby sing-along but by producing her violin, something that she has become very good at playing. Perhaps, one day she could play something for her rugby heroes, Conrad Smith and Brian O’Driscoll.

Last updated: October 21, 2013

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