|Weight||80kg (12st 8lb)|
A farm worker in the family business at Longstock in Hampshire, Rowena was educated at Test Valley School and Peter Symonds College in Winchester and is one of three triplet sisters to play for the Andover club and for the college.
She won the richly deserved player of the match award when England beat Wales 33-0 at Twickenham in February last year, not only scoring her side’s third try soon after half time but also creating another two minutes later for Kay Wilson.
Medway-born Rowena went on to start every match in the 2012 Six Nations Championship followed by the a 56th minute appearance off the bench for Tamara Taylor against Spain in the FIRA-AER European Cup opener in Rovereto last May. The industrious lock not only played the full 80 minutes but notched the final try in the next match against hosts Italy, who were beaten 32-8 and also started the final that brought a thrilling 29-25 win over France.
Her most memorable game was when winning her first cap against Ireland in 2008-09, having represented England U19, U20 and A team. One of her appearances at A level was in the starting line up in the 10-5 victory over Spain at Gijón in February 2011.
Rowena has travelled abroad with her club to Montpellier in France and with England U20 to Canada and notched a maiden Test try when winning her fourth cap in the 68-5 win over Italy at Esher in last season’s second Six Nations Championship match. Another followed in the 47-0 win over Scotland in the opening match of the 2012 tournament.
She was also a try-scorer in the first two Nations Cup games against the United States and South Africa in August 2011 and played throughout the full 80 minutes when England beat the Black Ferns, the World champions, 10-0 at Twickenham in November 2011.
Next up, Rowena started the second Test that produced a 21-7 success which clinched a series win at Esher and then played off the bench in the third. She appeared in all four Test matches last autumn that brought a win over France and three over New Zealand before playing against Ireland at Ashbourne and France at Twickenham this February. Her 30th cap followed in the 34-0 victory over Italy at Esher in March.
Away from rugby, Rowena enjoys watching Arsenal.
Last updated: March 13, 2013