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Becky Essex


Key Facts

PositionLock/Back row
Height1.77m (5'10")
Weight78kg (12st 3lb)


Becky only picked up rugby at Loughborough University at the age of 19. She remembered: “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 someone 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 got her first taste of World Cup rugby in 2010 and played a part in all five of England's games. Her greatest World Cup memory is lining up opposite the All Blacks haka in the final and she’s now very much looking forward to playing in France. “They always have large crowds in France, which makes for a great atmosphere,” she said. 

Becky has to balance her playing career with her work life. She obtained 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. 

Her other sporting penchant is for athletics and hockey, at which she figured at county level and she has recently taken an interest in scuba diving and cycling. She's been a vegan for 12 years and if she could choose a room-mate, it would be Claire Purdy because “she makes good tea and vegan chocolate cake”.

Last updated: July 1, 2014

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