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Katy Mclean


Key Facts

SquadDarlington Mowden Park Sharks
PositionFly half
Height1.67m (5'6")
Weight70kg (11st 0lb)


Katy took over the captaincy reins from Catherine Spencer after the 2010 World Cup and now has an MBE to her name after receiving the honour in this year's New Year's Honours List for her Services to Rugby.

The Darlington Mowden Park Sharks No. 10 mixes her rugby playing with her job as a primary school teacher at the Bexhill Academy in Sunderland, teaching four- and five-year-olds. She used to work in football at Sunderland AFC where she was a Family Learning Officer working in deprived areas with children who left school with no qualifications. Now she aims to make sure the local kids get the best start in life.

She was a non-playing reserve in the 2006 World Cup but played in every game in the 2010 tournament as vice-captain, apart from England's meeting with Kazakhstan.

Katy got into rugby through her dad, David, who played for Westoe. “I got involved at five or six, just wanting to have a go,” she remembers. Jonny Wilkinson became her inspiration. “He’s a top bloke and I kicked with him before the last World Cup. His work ethic is immense but he’s down to earth and easy to chat to.”

Katy is a vital cog in England's machine. England Head Coach, Gary Street, calls her “my eyes on the pitch”. He said: “You need thinking players and Katy is one of those.”

In her early teens, it appeared that rugby might lose such a talent. A lack of organised rugby at her comprehensive school forced her to play regional hockey instead but she was soon back playing the sport she loves. She told us: “Most girls were playing with their Barbies while I was rolling around in the mud. It’s such a big part of my life.” 

Last updated: July 1, 2014

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