|Weight||73kg (11st 6lb)|
Making her debut for England against France at Châteurenard in November 2011 had double significance for Ceri Large, whose appearance in the same match alongside Alexandra Matthews meant that they became the first Hartpury College students to win senior women’s rugby international caps.
Raised in the oval ball hotbed of Gloucestershire in the Forest of Dean, she took up the game when six at Drybrook and spent 12 years there. All her three brothers, Dean, Dan and Ben play for the club and their father Philip appeared for Rotherham. Ceri has figured at inside centre as well as fly half and also played at Number 8 for Hucclecote U18.
She was educated at Drybrook Primary and Dene Magna School and is now a fitness coach at Virgin Active in Gloucester. Ceri also coaches Rugby Rockets in the county. Her mentors have been Dave Williams, a coach at Drybrook and her father.
Since joining Worcester, she became the club’s most improved player in 2010-11 and last season’s players’ player there. Her representative honours featured England U20 against Scotland and in the Nations Cup against the USA and Canada. She has also appeared for England A and last winter played in all except one of England’s Six Nations Championship matches, along the way to the Grand Slam.
Gloucester-born Ceri figured off the bench against Scotland, Wales and Ireland, having marked her first start in the competition with a try in the 43-3 win over Italy at Recco. She began the 2013 Six Nations with two tries in the 76-0 victory over Scotland at Esher and also started the other four games. The players that she regards most highly are Jonny Wilkinson and Katy McLean, and her joint favourite arenas are the Mannings Ground, Drybrook and Twickenham Stadium.
Last updated: March 19, 2013