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Rachael Burford

RachaelBurford

Key Facts

SquadThurrock
PositionCentre
Age27
Height1.65m (5'5")
Weight73kg (11st 6lb)
Caps51

Profile

Rachael comes from a rugby family background. Indeed, rugby was a sport she was born to play, although there was a time in her younger life when dance classes also took up some of her time. Thankfully, Rachael concentrated on rugby from the age of just six. She played in the same Medway RFC team as her mother, Renata (who's Polish), and her sister, Louise. It was the club where Rachael spent the first ten years of her career. And, to ensure that there was a full house of Burfords at Medway, dad Michael also played for them as did her brother, Reuben.

Rachael was selected to go to the RFUW Rugby Academy at Bath at the age of 16 before being advised to join a Premiership club to raise her experience levels. So, off to Henley she went before being picked for the England U19s, only for a couple of serious injuries to lead to nearly two seasons being lost. Thankfully, that did not hold her back.

A talented sevens player, Rachael took part in the 2009 and 2013 Sevens World Cups, her high spots including sharing in England’s triumph over Australia in the 2012 Hong Kong Sevens final. She also played in the 2006 15-a-side World Cup, making her senior debut against Canada, and the 2010 tournament in England.

Rachael is really looking forward to playing in this year's World Cup and, although she can't speak the language, such is her character, she's ordered a French translation book to get her started.

She's currently studying at Medway College – Counselling Studies – having been educated at Thomas Aveling in Rochester, Kent. She's a big fan of Crossfit and, if she could have any job in the world, it would be as a professional athlete who owns her own Crossfit Box.

Last updated: July 1, 2014

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