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Deborah Fleming


Key Facts

Height1.76m (5'9")
Weight69kg (10st 12lb)


Deborah, 22 year-old from Penzance, has made quite a start to her rugby career after being selected in the South West squad in her first season in the sport. That was after she played a major role with the Bristol Second XV successful promotion winning season, one which saw the side go through the entire season without defeat. It was a remarkable start to a career which only began a year ago through the UK Sport Talent Transfer Programme, Power2Podium. Deborah became the first player through that scheme to be awarded with a place in England Women’s Elite Playing squad.

It was athletics which took up much of Deborah’s time prior to rugby. She was both the Cornish and South West 100m sprint champion, an English and UK Schools 100m finalist in 2006 and a finalist in the 60m and 4 x 100m at the British University Championships in 2010 and 2011. Deborah is also pretty handy at netball and was in the British Colleges South West netball squad in 2008.

From that information the winger is difficult to catch unless those trying to stop her have the use of a moped. She made a name for herself in Kazan at the World University games in 2013. She tells the story: “Each game became the biggest game I’d ever played. It was my first international experience; the tournament was brilliant and the biggest learning curve yet, considering I’ve been playing a year and a half, I experience the steep learning curves pretty often! But if I have to choose, a stand out match for me would have been GBR vs Brazil We were in the tunnel waiting to go out on to the pitch shoulder to shoulder with the Brazilian team for far too long! The entire time they spent chanting and trying to psyche us out, which completely backfired as the whole team was so fired up that as soon as that whistle blew we came at them with even more determination and intensity than normal, coming away with a win and playing some great Sevens in the process.”

When not proving to be too hard to catch on a rugby pitch, Deborah likes spending time with her family, going to church, playing or watching most sports, listening to live music shows, surfing, lying on Cornish beaches, reading, pub lunches/drinks, and doing anything in Cornwall.

She attended Gulval Junior School and Mounts Bay School in Penzance before heading a little north to Truro College before earning a degree in Sport and Social Science at the University of Bath. Her rugby heroes include Jonah Lomu, Jason Robinson, George North and Maggie Alphonsi.

Last updated: October 21, 2013

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