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Emma Croker


Key Facts

Height1.62m (5'4")
Weight69kg (10st 12lb)


Richmond hooker Emma has more reason than most to enjoy every game of rugby that she plays. The birth of her child was a complicated one that led to her being banned from any kind of training for three months after the delivery of her baby girl, Lucy. As soon as she was cleared by the doctors to resume training, Emma threw herself back into things with a vengeance.

Incredibly, after four months she was back playing club rugby and after five she was in the England side selected for the European Championships. “One day I was pregnant,” she said, “the next I’m on the field. I think being a mum makes you more focused. I used to think I trained 110% but I know now that I didn’t. Now I am much more intense because every minute in the gym is time away from Lucy.”

Having played in the 2009 Rugby World Cup Sevens in Dubai, Emma went on to be selected for the 2010 XVs World Cup in England and played in every game.

Emma has also embarked on an additional career as a weightlifter in 2009, winning the national title the following year. She even considered going after an Olympic place, competing alongside the British weightlifting record-holder Zoe Smith. She was also in the National Gymnastics squad when she was younger.

Outside of rugby she’s Head of PE at Swakeleys School for Girls in Hillingdon, West London.

Last updated: July 1, 2014

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