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Becky Essex


Key Facts

PositionLock/Back row
Height1.77m (5'10")
Weight75kg (11st 11lb)


Becky picked up rugby rather late. She had always been sporty but it was only after arriving at Lougborough University that she took up the sport. “I thought I’d try something new,” she said. “It was a good set up there with good coaches. Then I joined Premiership club, Worcester. When I moved to London to do my PGCE, I joined Richmond where I was selected for the England Academy.”

Becky has not looked back since. She was voted as Richmond’s Players’ Player of the Season in 2010, some effort for a player who began life on the wing before making the unusual career move to the pack. These days she appears as a lock or blind side flanker.

She may not have taken up rugby until she was 20 yet a number of her family members have also played the game including her sister Kathryn. Her favourite women’s player is Karen Jones while Tom Croft, the England flanker, is her most admired rugby technician.

Becky has to balance her playing career with her work life. She grabbed a degree in psychology at Loughborough before using that to become a Special Needs teacher at linden Bridge School (a school for children with Autism) in Worcester Park in Surrey. “I have to work hard to balance my career with playing,” she said. “Working full-time and training is really difficult. I sometimes come back after a hard day and then have to go training or I’m booking physio appointments around planning. I love playing rugby and love teaching so I find a way to combine the two. The end result – to represent your country – makes it all worthwhile.”

Yet, a full time job and a flourishing rugby career are just a couple of things that Becky gets up to. Her other sporting penchant is for athletics and hockey at which she figured at county level and she has recently taken up an interest in scuba diving. From there she will hope to sink whichever opposition she comes up against. While deep underwater, she will admire the fish rather than catch them as she has been a Vegan for the past dozen years.

Last updated:   March 18, 2014

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