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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 under 15 team - but since then she's steamrolled ahead at quite a pace. At the age of just 16 she was selected for the Under 19 England side – no mean feat  -  and after playing for her county and captaining her West Midland Under 16 team she was given the honour of taking the reins for the England Under 19s and 20s.

Laura's first cap came against USA back in 2011 whilst in 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 31 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 for the remainder of the 2012-13 season. She even managed her maiden try for her country in the Nations Cup match against Canada at Infinity Park, Glendale in August.

When she's not shoving in a scrum or hitting rucks, she's saving lives. How? Well, Laura is a qualified lifeguard at the University of Birmingham, 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, and will never change position.

Last updated: March 18, 2014

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