|Weight||74kg (11st 9lb)|
Fiona came to prominence in the world of rugby as the captain of the England under-20s side in 2011/12. She was soon pushed into the senior squad. She made an early start in the game, too, first playing when aged only five for the London Scottish under-7s team and she stayed with the club from 1997 to 2004 by which time she had sadly left the under-7s behind. She has since plied her trade as a scrum half at Cramberleigh and Richmond. This year, she moved north to play for the Darlington Mowden Park Sharks.
Born in London, Fiona was a student at St Mary’s University for the first and second years of her degree course in Sports Coaching and Science. She then transferred for her final year to Leeds Metropolitan University to concentrate more on Sports Coaching.
Her dad, Ian who also played for London Scottish, was an early significant role model in Fiona’s career. She says, “He developed my general rugby knowledge before Amy Turner concentrated on turning me into a scrum half.” Quite rightly, she now says that Gary Street is her mentor.
The best moment of her career to date was at the Nations Cup in Denver in 2013 against the USA. Fiona picks up the story: “It was to decide which teams would make it into the final and we needed to score a considerable number of points to be one of the finalists. We gave it everything and weren’t sure if we’d done enough and then our manager, Janette Shaw, came running over after the game and told us we were through. We were all elated and proud, especially after a tough start to the tournament.”
Last updated: October 21, 2013