|Weight||63kg (9st 12lb)|
A common bond exists between Fiona Pocock and former England men’s Number 8 Tim Rodber. The link is Churcher’s College and Petersfield RFC. They have both played there on the way to winning national honours. Northampton-born Fiona was with Petersfield from 1995-2006, starting at the age of age of seven and has completed her BSc (Hons) studies in Sport & Exercise Science at Roehampton University and now works in personal training.
She captained Petersfield U16 for two years and went on to represent England U20 and A teams along the way to gaining 24 full caps and scoring 18 Test match tries – including the first in her country’s 2010 WRWC campaign against Ireland. She said: “I started in shirt No 11. It was a privilege for me to be alongside some of the world’s best players on the greatest stage we have had so far. It will stay with me forever.”
Another three tries followed for Fiona in the second game against Kazakhstan when she became the Sky Sports HD Woman of the Match, along the way to becoming England’s top try-scorer in the pool stages but missed the final against the Black Ferns through a knee injury. Fiona has also played for Richmond in the Dubai Sevens, appeared in the Amsterdam tournament and represented England at the Nations Cup in Canada.
Her brothers Owen, the elder, and Matthew both play the game and her own versatility has been self evident with a switch from scrum half when at Petersfield to the wing with Richmond, her present club, and England. She also plays at full back.
Twickenham is her top venue and Kat Merchant, the free scoring England wing, is the women’s player she most admires.
Fiona added: “Shane Williams shows that good things come in small packages. He has a side step to die for and I aspire to be like him when I play.” The Investec Challenge double header when England Women beat New Zealand 10-3 in November 2009 was rugby nirvana for her but with power to replicate. Nine months later, she relished other magical moment. Fiona continued: “We played our opening World Cup match against Ireland and I started in the No.11 jersey, which was a privilege alongside some of the best global players in the women’s game. I had not experienced a feeling like that and I scored the opening try.”
Last updated: February 11, 2013