|Position||Centre/Full back |
|Weight||65kg (10st 3lb)|
As if playing at centre for your country isn’t tough enough, Claire Allan mixes her rugby with her day job as a Police Officer in the Metropolitan Police – Acton Proactive Robbery Squad.
She began her life in rugby at the age of 13 after her best friend at school introduced her to the sport. She had played lots of netball, hockey and athletics as a kid but, as she remembers: “I fell in love with rugby and the team camaraderie as soon as I started.” Yet, one of her heroes is still Michael Johnson, the former 200m and 400m runner.
Claire had a taste of World Cup action on the Sevens circuit playing in both the 2009 World Cup in Dubai and the 2013 World Cup in Moscow but was cruelly stopped from playing in the 2010 XVs World Cup when she ruptured her ACL two weeks before the tournament kicked off. She did, however, show off her skills in front of the camera as she was a lead pundit with Sky Sports.
Her career began with Richmond at the age of 14 and before returning there in 2009, she represented Clifton, Wasps, Worcester and Saracens.
Initially educated at St Stephen’s Junior School and Orleans Park Secondary School, both in Twickenham, Claire gained a BTEC in Sport and Exercise at Lougborough University before she entered the police force.
Claire has represented England at seven levels; Under 18s, Under 19s, Under 20s, Academy, A, Sevens and Seniors and is a big fan of Olympic Gold medallist, Mo Farah. “I love his down-to-earth attitude and work ethic,” she says.
Before a game, you'll see Claire tucking into her favourite meal of poached eggs, spinach, bacon and an espresso and after a game, she's happiest with a steak, vegetables and a glass of red wine.
Last updated: July 1, 2014