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Megan Ellery


Key Facts

SquadDurham University
Height1.73m (5'8")
Weight70kg (11st 0lb)


Megan was brought up in a rugby-mad family and was always desperate to play even though she had a talent for almost every sport you can think of. When she was in year seven (age 11) at Ullswater Community College in Penrith she started playing for the boys school team. Her dad, Nick, is a coach there.

Megan played girls rugby until she was 13 but had a break to focus on netball, a sport she was so good at that she captained her university team in the Premiership for two years as well as taking charge of the county netball team. That county is Cumbria and she also wore their colours when having a go at the 100m, 200m, long Jump and shot-put. With all of this activity, it was possibly not surprising that Megan didn’t play rugby again until she was 20 years of age as she also had a go at basketball, football, rounders and cricket at school. It was at Durham University where she is doing a course in MSc Management, that things began to change in her life.

“My dad coached the school team and taught me how to play the game,” she said, “and my brother, Mike, who is currently in the England Sevens squad, taught me to be tough. Our rooms are opposite each other at home so we used to play one-on-one across the landing... which usually ended up with me in a heap at the bottom of the stairs. Since starting rugby again I have received so much help from Durham University coaches Cam Henderson and Michael Entwhistle, and learned everything I know about Sevens from GB coaches Susie Appleby & Rhys Edwards, and England Development coach Coops.”

Megan represented Great Britain in Sevens rugby at the World University Games in Russia in the summer of 2013 and she played for England Development Sevens at two tournaments following the open trials in April.  “I’m a newcomer to Sevens rugby but I’m enjoying it,” she admitted. “Coming from netball, I like being able to run with the ball and use my pace. It’s such a fun change.”

With such an array of sporting moments to choose from you would have thought that Megan would have to think long and hard about her most memorable moment but not a bit of it.
“It would have to be when we played Brazil at the world uni games in Russia,” she said, “because there was such a huge build-up. We had to share a bus with them to the ground, and then got delayed in the tunnel for ages while they chanted Brazilian songs at us. There was so much tension and we were all so fired up that we went on and scored two consecutive tries straight from kick off and won 35-10.”

Her dream now is to play at Twickenham and to follow in the footsteps of the players she most admires, Richie McCaw and Brian O’Driscoll. You get the feeling that Megan will achieve anything she puts her mind to.

Last updated: November 28, 2013

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