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Marlie Packer

MarliePacker

Key Facts

SquadWasps
PositionFlanker
Age24
Height1.65m (5'5")
Weight73kg (11st 6lb)
Caps28

Profile

Marlie left her West Country roots and moved to play for Wasps as her career went from strength to strength in 2013.

The flanker played in the 2013 Sevens Rugby World Cup in Moscow but has never played in a XVs World Cup and can't wait to get involved. She said: “Competing against the best in the world in my first XVs World Cup, along with the atmosphere in France, would be amazing.”

Marlie began her rugby career as a five-year-old with Ivel Barbarians, a club at which she spent 13 years. She then moved to Bath before joining Bristol in 2009. She has been voted the England Players’ Player in the 2012 Six Nations Championship and was Bristol’s Personality of the Year in 2011.

While a number of her fellow England players work as teachers or in some form of sports role, Marlie is a plumber. Schooled at Birchfield, Buckler’s Mead and Yeovil College, she has worked in that skilled profession for DR Jones in her home town of Yeovil and is now a Plumbing & Heating Engineer for Homeserve in South West London.

As well as fixing leaky pipes, she has represented England U19, U20 and England A before winning a full cap when England beat Sweden 80-3 in the European Championships in Limoges in May 2008.

She was initially a hooker but moved to the second row and, in recent times, has played in every back row position. Her mentors are club coach Tracey Lane and strength and conditioning coach Andy Roda. Her favourite players are former England Women’s captain Catherine Spencer together with Jonny Wilkinson and Thierry Dusautoir.

Marlie’s favourite rugby memories are beating New Zealand twice in the 2011 Autumn International Series and her first start at Twickenham in the Six Nations against Wales. Her favourite ground is Cleve.

Last updated: July 1, 2014

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