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Katherine Merchant

KatMerchant

Key Facts

SquadWorcester
PositionWing
Age29
Height1.73m (5'8")
Weight72kg (11st 4lb)
Caps54

Profile

Kat has a quite remarkable record of try-scoring for her country, going over the line 41 times in her first 50 Test appearances. Blink and you may miss her. She would look equally at ease on the 100m track as on a rugby pitch. Thankfully for us, she chose rugby, unlike her sister who ran for England.

Kat has been with Worcester for more than a decade and won the Premiership with them two seasons ago. She started with Worcester in the U16 team before moving through to win caps at England U19, A and Sevens level. She took part in the 2009 and 2013 Rugby World Cups Sevens and played a big role in the 2010 XVs World Cup in England, something she remembers fondly.

Kat has captained Worcester, West Midlands and the national U19 side and also coached at Wasps, having previously worked as a personal trainer in Birmingham and as an office administrator for ALP in Amersham. She is now rugby coach of Chesham RFC and Bucks New University and works as a personal trainer.

Kat attended Prince Henry’s High School in Evesham, Oldfield Academy in Bath, Bredon Hill Middle School and the University of Birmingham, where she gained a degree in Sport & Exercise Science. Kat said: “I owe a lot to Nicky Crawford, the former Worcester and England Women wing, who nurtured my game from when I was 16. I also admire her on-field performances.” Nicky became the first women’s player to score 60 international tries.

Outside the game, Kat enjoys playing the bass guitar. 

Last updated: July 1, 2014

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