|Weight||75kg (11st 11lb)|
A first call to the senior women’s squad for 2012 completed Joanne Watmore’s rise through the rankings that brought a try on her debut against France at Esher last November. Her impressive series of representative honours during her climb to prominence spans North West U16, England U18 and U19, England Academy, Students, Select XV, A team and Sevens. She has also played for North Midlands.
Joanne was educated at Ditton C of E Primary and Wade Deacon High School in Widnes before studying for a BTEC National Diploma in Sport & Exercise Science at East Durham & Houghall College. Next stop was Leeds Met University for a one-year course in accounts and business finance.
Her father Michael, a Level 3 coach in rugby union and league and former Widnes RFC player, owns the company, Complete Lawn Services Ltd in Weston Village, Cheshire, where Joanne works as an accounts clerk. Not only that, Michael has exerted a major influence on her rugby career. She said: “I went to my first rugby union training session at the age of eight at Widnes and stayed there until I was 16. Then I moved to Waterloo to play at senior level.”
Joanne subsequently appeared for Darlington Mowden Park (2004-07), Halton RL (2007-09) and Warrington Wolves RL (2009-11) and Worcester. Joanne has captained five union and league teams and picked up four player of the year awards. They were for Warrington Wolves, Halton Ladies and Waterloo Ladies as well as being the Halton Borough Council Young Sports Person of the Year in 2006.
Her favourite ground is Dubai where she played for England Sevens in 2011 and her top match was the RL World Cup semi-final against New Zealand in Australia five years ago. It stands alongside the IRB Sevens Series semi-final at Dubai that brought a 12-10 win over Australia. Her try tally is 30 tries in six tournaments, including five when England won the World Series round two tournament in Houston this February.
She played RL for England Women from 2007-11 and at rugby union has captained England Students, Widnes U18, her college team and, at rugby league, Halton and Warrington Wolves. Rugby talk abounds in the Watmore household. Both of her brothers and younger sister Jade played at junior level for Widnes.
Last updated: February 05, 2013