|Weight||60kg (9st 6lb)|
Emily is a recent graduate from Brunel University where she earned a BSc in Sport Sciences. Schooled in Essex, she began playing her rugby in 1999 at the age of only seven when she joined Stanford RFC to play in the boys under-8s team. So impressed have they been by her development that she is now an honorary life member of the club. From there it was a move to Basildon/Rochford before in 2010 she joined her present club, Thurrock RFC, where she proved to be pivotal in two successive promotions. Indeed, thanks to Emily, the T-Birds as they are known, have picked up four league titles and three promotions in the space of five season to become a force to be reckoned with in Women’s rugby.
Emily has followed in her father’s footsteps to some extent. Gavin also represented Stanford and Thurrock and is a rugby coach and so obviously a big influence on Emily’s career as are Tom Stokes, a former Talent Development Group Coach and Andrew Skippe, the East Region coach.
The fly half is a former pupil of Gable Hall School where she was also part of the girls’ football team that lifted the under-16 Essex cup title in 2008.
But it’s rugby which has grabbed her interest now since Emily made her debut for England in last season’s Six Nations campaign. “It was the most memorable experience of my life, making my debut at Twickenham in the Six Nations against France. And I came close to scoring a try. It was also great to be supported in the crowd by my family and all the Thurrock T-Birds,” she recalls.
She cites Jonny Wilkinson as her inspiration in rugby while the Stoop is her favourite place to play rugby at present.
Last updated: October 21, 2013