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Marlie Packer

MarliePacker

Key Facts

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

Profile

Marlie is going through a period of transition at the moment. The former Bristol captain has left her west country roots to move to the Smoke to join up with London Wasps. This after the flanker made a return to the 15-a-side format after a successful start to life as a Sevens international.

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

The Yeovil-born flanker pulled on the famous Red Rose at her first-ever Rugby World Cup Sevens in Moscow in the summer of 2013. That was followed by a trip to New Zealand with the 15-a-side squad, a tour which didn’t turn out how she had planned. Not that she was too downhearted. “It’s important to learn how to lose and how to bounce back from adversity,” she said at the time. And, it would appear that, like Zebedee, Marlie has springs for legs and her skills at bouncing back are now in evidence. Her move to Wasps came because “I want to play for a team that will play tough matches every week as that’s what my game is all about.”

While a number of her England players work as teachers or in some form of sport, Marlie has done her time as 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. As well as fixing leaky pipes, she has represented her country at England Under-19s, under-20s 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, she 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 best rugby memories are beating New Zealand twice in the 2011 autumn Tests and her first start at Twickenham in the Six Nations against Wales. Her top ground is Cleve.

Last updated:  March 18, 2014

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