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Rowena Burnfield

RowenaBurnfield

Key Facts

SquadRichmond
PositionLock
Age26
Height1.79m (5'10")
Weight80kg (12st 8lb)
Caps33

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If you have ever had the good fortune to watch Peter Symonds College in Winchester play rugby then you have been confused. And rightly so. For, unusually, they have had three triplet sisters playing for them, one being the current Richmond lock, Rowena who was educated both there and at Test Valley School.

She marries her rugby playing endeavours with her job as a farm worker in the family business at Longstock in Hampshire.

Rowena’s most memorable game was when winning her first cap against Ireland in 2008-09, having represented England under-19s, under-20s and A team. More recently, 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. She admitted afterwards that, “We are all pushing each other and that is creating the winning culture as it were so we are all pushing and striving to be better. It forces you to work harder on your skill base, work harder in the gym.” It is a quote which emphasises the Medway-born player’s work ethic.

Rowena’s mentor has been Giselle Mather since she first played the game at Wherwell County Primary School in Andover. She had a brief spell at No 8 and her favourite place to play is the Richmond Athletic Ground. Away from rugby, Rowena enjoys watching Arsenal.

Last updated: October 21, 2013

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