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Claire Purdy


Key Facts

Height1.64m (5'5")
Weight88kg (13st 12lb)


Versatility is a big part of Claire’s game – she's the only player to have been capped in every position in the front row for England.

Despite securing a degree in Sports Studies from University College, Chichester, you'll find Claire in Farnborough as an Underwriter for Zurich Insurance when she's not out-scrummaging opponents.

But it's sport that runs through her veins and that probably has something to do with her father representing Great Britain and England as a canoeist.

Rugby found Claire late, however. She was 21 years old. Why? Because she was busy representing Surrey at stoolball which, so we’ve been told is like “Cricket in the Air”. Dating back to the 15th century, milkmaids would use their milking stools as a “wicket” and try to bat a ball away, rather like a cross between cricket and rounders.

She played in the 2010 World Cup and can't wait for this year's tournament. “Having been a part of the 2010 adventure I know what a fantastic experience it can be. Playing in France will be an amazing experience, they get tremendous support and this will help to make the tournament a success.

Since joining her club Wasps – her only one - she has been named Players’ Player of the Year in 2007, 2009 and 2011 – a pretty good effort given that history seems to forget props when it comes to awards.

She's a big fan of animated films – Despicable Me being one of her favourites – and her favourite food is steak but she finds she gets too nervous before a game to eat.

Last updated: July 1, 2014

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