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Joanna McGilchrist


Key Facts

PositionLock/Number 8
Height1.8m (5'11")
Weight76kg (11st 13lb)


As one of the more experienced players in the England set-up – and with a Bsc in Fashion and Textiles – Jo is not your ordinary second row. Before rugby commitments took over you could find her throwing a javelin or playing rounders for Scotland. And her obvious talents don't stop there. To pay the bills she works as a physiotherapist in Kensington.

Jo has already bagged more than 50 caps for her country and rates the 10-3 win over New Zealand at Twickenham in November 2009 as the outstanding moment in her career and the 2010 WRWC final against the same opponents as her most memorable game. She was named player of the match in the semi-final against Australia and this time around, she told us, she's most looking forward to: “Playing on the world stage against teams you rarely play against.”

Rugby may have come late to Jo – she was 21 when she started playing the game – but she didn't hang around. She played for two years in the England Students team before she muscled her way into the Test side. And when she's not donning the Red Rose, you'll find her with her club Wasps where she was named the Newcomer of the Year and Player of the Year.

Born in Chichester, the lock says her favourite hobbies include: “Sleeping – because of all the training we do – and I like shopping far too much and love cycling around Richmond Park.”

She's a big fan of Sir Steve Redgrave and when it comes to rugby, she admires Courtney Lawes, Simon Shaw, Martin Johnson and Jonny Wilkinson, not a bad group of players to try to emulate.

Last updated: July 1, 2014

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