|Weight||85kg (13st 5lb)|
Justo, as she is known, loves Dubstep such is her knowledge of syncopated drum and percussion patterns with bass lines that contain prominent sub bass frequencies. Mmm. A love of such things is probably ideal for a job as a National Careers Advisor, working in Solihull and Wolverhampton in the West Midlands. This is something that Justo takes seriously as she has just embarked on a QCF Level 4 Diploma in Career Information and Advice, this coming after she has already secured a degree in Sports Science and Maths at Loughborough University.
It was there that she first took up rugby at the age of 20 in her final year. She remembers, “I started playing development rugby for fun and then decided to play properly in my final year.” And what a decision that turned out to be. She was named the University’s Players Player of the Year in 2011 before heading to Lichfield where she was named the best newcomer in 2012 and the most improved player of 2013. In 2014 expect her to win the Greatest Lichfield Player of All Time Award if she continues to develop at her current rate. She started out as a No 8 for Loughborough before switching to loose head prop when she started playing for Lichfield and she is now learning to be a tight head prop.
Rugby’s gain is seemingly hockey and football’s loss. Justine played hockey for her county and for Loughborough University while she also represented her college in football where she won the League Cup in 2010. She may have also thought about following in her uncle James’ dubsteps, sorry, footsteps. He was a junior world champion in slalom canoeing.
Justine’s career is clearly moving in the right direction. She played with the OES Predators, a team now ready to take on the world, in the Dubai Sevens where they finished as runners-up in 2012 and then she made her England debut in the 2013 Nations Cup where she played tight head for the first time.
Ben Gulliver, the Lichfield coach, is a man she admires greatly. “He gives me goals and targets for each game as well as for the season and he tries to develop me further,” while she also looks up to team mate Roz Crowley because of her “dominance in the scrum and her brilliance around the park. I have learned a lot from playing with her.”
Last updated: October 21, 2013