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Rosemarie Crowley

Rosemarie Crowley

Key Facts

SquadLichfield
PositionProp
Age26
Height1.7m (5'7")
Weight82kg (12st 12lb)
Caps24

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The Crowley sisters, Rosemarie and her elder sibling Katie both play in the front row at Lichfield, the club that the England prop joined eight years ago.

Birmingham-born Roz attained a BSc in Mathematics after five years of studies at Loughborough University, having previously been educated at St Edward’s in Birmingham, Camp Hill and East Durham & Houghall Community College in Peterlee. Her working life is as a maths teacher at Kingsbury School in Warwickshire.

She began playing at King’s Norton at the age of 12 before moving around Midlands clubs and appearing for Droitwich, Camp Hill and Worcester. Her next stops were the Angels of the North club, Thirsk and now Lichfield, the club she currently captains at Cooke Fields, her favourite ground. Clubhouse celebrations greeted her try for England at Twickenham along the way to the Red Roses’ 3-0 series win over New Zealand last autumn.

Others who have guided her to 24 England caps are U16 coach Mark Edwards and Jo Hull, her college and club coach while she was with Thirsk. Roz made her England U19 debut in 2003 and played eight matches for the side before being a regular member of the A team.

She shared in their European Championship win of 2007, England’s European Cup triumph the following year and in the Six Nations triumph in 2009 and last season was named as Lichfield Players’ Player of the Year. Earlier in her career she appeared at hooker and is now versatile enough to figure in all three front row positions. Her most memorable match was the 10-3 win over New Zealand at Twickenham in November 2009 and the 2010 World Cup semi final over Australia at Twickenham Stoop. Roz doubled her Test try tally with two of England’s six against Italy at Esher in March this year.

Trips to Madrid and Amsterdam have fitted into her rugby schedule and her favourite player is the seasoned Tony Woodcock, the Blues and All Blacks loose head prop. Outside the game, she devotes her attentions to her 60kg Dogue de Bordeaux called Dief.

Last updated: March 19, 2013

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