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Winning a first cap in the starting line up against Spain in the European Cup at Rovereto, Italy in May last year was in Kate Newton’s own words: “My most incredible experience to date”. The game produced 11 tries in a 61-0 victory. Before that she had become the ‘players’ player of the match’ after scoring two tries for the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff side that beat Leeds Metropolitan University 19-12 in the 2010 BUSA final at Twickenham.
Her second England cap was in the 23-13 win over France at Esher in November last year, followed by others against Scotland and Italy on the same ground and two against New Zealand in the subsequent summer.
She took up the game only when going to university at the age of 18 and played at lock before being converted to a tight head prop. York-born Kate graduated to a higher level after representing the South West senior side from 2009 onwards and captained the team in 2010-11.
A product of the Gryphon School in Sherborne, Dorset, she obtained A-levels in Business, Biology and Sport and a BSc in Sports Coaching at UWIC. She now works as a customer services associate for ING Direct in Cardiff.
Kate said: “While at university, my rugby mentor was Kylie Wilson, my UWIC coach. When I became involved with the women’s rugby player pathway, I was helped by Kevin Moggridge, LJ Adams, the Bristol forwards’ coach and nowadays, Graham Smith is my mentor.”
Her interests include snowboarding and most other sports and she regards Twickenham Stadium as her top ground.
Last updated: August 13, 2013