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Taking up the game only at the age of 22 has proved no barrier to Natasha Brennan, who first turned out in a Varsity game between the University of Kent, Canterbury and Canterbury Christ Church University four years ago.
She said candidly: “I didn’t really understand the laws but we won the annual match for the first time in years and I scored three tries so it was a big day. I played at outside centre at university and for Canterbury RFC before switching to full back and I have since played in all the back three positions.”
Natasha works as a recruitment consultant for Resource Solutions, based in the City of London. She attended St Joseph’s Convent in her home town of Gravesend and went on to Rochester Grammar School for Girls before completing a BA in English and American Literature at university.
She became the 2010 Kent Sportswoman of the Year, having already won a hockey gold medal in the GB Youth Olympics three years earlier. Hockey has taken her around Europe and to South Africa, Chile and Australia.
Though uncapped at 15-a-side level, Natasha has excelled at Sevens and taken part in five events, the latest of which was the Amsterdam leg of the IRB World Series in May this year. She had scored a try in the 19-0 win over the United States in the final pool game of the tournament at Guangzhou in China two months earlier.
Natasha also shared in England’s triumph in the ‘non cap’ France International tournament at Marcoussis last October. Not only that, she ran in five tries – two in the 19-5 win over France A, one in the 42-0 defeat of Germany and another two when the side defeated France 21-5.
Her representative honours at hockey span England U16, U18, U21 and at senior indoor and outdoor levels. Older sister Tara also plays the game and her two brothers also have sporting interests. Dominic appeared for Charlton Youth Academy at football and oldest brother Kelvin is a former boxer. Shane Williams is her favourite rugby player “because of his awesome sidestep and acceleration.”
Last updated: May 20, 2013