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Laura Keates


Key Facts

Height1.66m (5'5")
Weight85kg (13st 5lb)


Rugby didn't find Laura that early – she first got involved with the Bishop of Hereford Bluecoat U15 team – but she has steamrolled ahead at quite a pace since. At the age of just 16 she was selected for the Under 19 England side. She then went on to captain both England U19 and U20.

Laura missed out on the 2010 Rugby World Cup but picked up her first cap against USA the year after while at the Nations Cup in Canada and, sticking with her swift movement through rugby, her second came three days later against South Africa.

The prop is now a firm fixture in the full England squad with 36 caps to her name so far and, after featuring in all 2012 Six Nations games, she played a part in all 12 England Test matches in 2013. She also scored her maiden try for her country in the Nations Cup match against Canada at Infinity Park, Glendale in August.

During the Six Nations, there tends to be a bit of tension in Laura's home as her housemate is Scotland captain, Tracy Balmer. Indeed, Laura names Tracy as her best friend in rugby. “We get on really well and can have a good laugh at pretty much anything,” she said.

When she's not shoving in a scrum or hitting rucks, she's saving lives as a qualified lifeguard at the University of Birmingham’s Munrow Sports Centre. She also has a Bsc in Zoology. So, it's fair to say, Laura likes variation in her life. When it comes to rugby, though, it's quite simple. She's a prop, always has been, always will be. Born in Tupsley, Herefordshire she supports Worcester and her favourite ground is Worcester's Sixways.

Last updated: July 1, 2014

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