|Position||Centre/Full back |
|Weight||63kg (9st 12lb)|
As if playing at centre for your country isn’t tough enough, Claire Allan has to mix her rugby playing time with her day job as a policewoman. Well, I say day job. “I remember once when I had a really important league match,” she once recalled, “I finished a night shift at seven in the morning, had a couple of espressos, went straight to play a game, finished, showered and then went straight back to work.”
Claire began her life in rugby at the age of 13 after her best friend at school introduced her to the sport. She had been playing lots of netball, hockey and athletics as a kid but she “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. “Growing up as a kid, I loved athletics and he was a very inspirational athlete. Plus his gold spikes were awesome.”
She's not shy of the cameras. Being forced to miss the last World Cup with a knee injury she found herself in the commentary box but it's on the pitch where she'd rather be.
Her career began with Richmond at the age of 14 and before returning there in 2009, she represented Clifton, Wasps, Worcester and Saracens.
Schooled at St Stephen’s Junior School and Orleans Park Second School, both in Twickenham, Claire has 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, for whom she has won 25 caps and scored 11 tries including a length-of-the field touchdown in the 46-8 Nations Cup win over South Africa.
Last updated: February 12, 2014