|Weight||84kg (13st 3lb)|
Harriet made the headlines in the Six Nations tournament of 2013 when she lined up against her sister, Bridget, who was representing Scotland. Harriet remembers, “It was a massive occasion and I was nervous. My plan, which I think worked, was to ignore the idea of playing against her and act like it was any other match.”
Family is clearly important to Harriet. Bridget and her brother are big influences on her. “I was the annoying sister that used to go down to the club and join in with him and his friends. With all of us playing, it meant that from an early age we were always playing or watching rugby.”
Stockport-born Harriet began playing her rugby in Manchester at full back and wing, before she switched to centre and then in to the back row. She has represented Chester, Sandbach and Lichfield, the club she joined in 2009. She has steadily risen through the ranks, climbing up one rung at a time. Her England under-20 debut in France is up there as one of her most memorable moments, as is her first game for the Manchester under-10s against Macclesfield. But sampling Twickenham in the 33-0 win over Wales in February 2012 has since become her career highlight.
Like all of the England players, Harriet has to mix her rugby playing with a full-time career. She works at Decathlon as a department manager on the graduate scheme in Wednesbury near Birmingham. “I somehow find the time to balance work and training, along with having a life as well,” she said. “I enjoy training so I don’t find it a chore getting up early to get in a session before work. I think I’ll start to struggle if that ever becomes the case.”
Harriet’s favourite players past and present are back row forwards Lawrence Dallaglio, Imanol Harinordoquy and Kieran Read, while her favourite grounds are Twickenham and Old Trafford, home of Manchester United a team she has supported strongly since she was a child. “I love Paul Scholes. He seemed so unaware of the importance he had to his team.” A fellow red head, Harriet could be England’s future silent assassin.
Last updated: November 11, 2013