|Weight||65kg (10st 3lb)|
It was perhaps inevitable that Danielle would end up playing rugby. After all, she is the daughter of Jim Waterman, who played more than 400 games for Bath Rugby. She recalls: “My dad started me off at Minehead when I was four and he’s still there for me, not only to work on my skills but to be my biggest critic. He has been my coach and mentor throughout my whole playing career.” Her dream is to one day play in the same side as her dad and her two brothers, Sam and Joe, who have both played county rugby at age group and senior levels.
Danielle is one of the most experienced players when it comes to World Cups, having played big parts in the 2006 tournament where she featured against South Africa and France in the pool stages and started in the final against New Zealand. In 2010 she played in every game and was one of three nominees for player of the tournament.
She is known as Nolli. She told us why. “My brother Joe called me Danni Ollie and my dad shortened it to Nolli. I also didn’t think I was girlie enough to be called Danielle. No one ever uses it,” she says.
Nolli made her Test debut in 2003 and became the youngest woman to represent her country at the age of 18. She has since gone beyond 50 caps for England.
Nolli was educated at West Somerset Community College and Oldfield Sports College and attained a BA (Hons) in Leisure & Sports Management. She is currently studying a part-time masters by research at the University of Gloucestershire and in November last year decided to leave her role as Head of AASE Academy at Hartpury College to focus on her training in the build-up to the World Cup.
Last updated: July 1, 2014