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Four tries in three Test matches, spanning nine days, in the European Cup announced the arrival of Sally Tuson on the international scene last May. Her starting debut against Spain produced a touchdown, followed by two against Italy and another in the final round robin match against France only seven minutes after stepping off the bench.
She added two touchdowns on her fourth appearance, off the bench, against Scotland at Esher in February this year, played against Ireland and France and scored her seventh Test try in the Italy match at Esher in March. Her eighth, with four minutes remaining, beat Wales 20-16 at Aberavon eight days later.
Her Sevens expertise is superimposed on her skills at 15-a-side. Sally’s tournament debut in the abbreviated game brought two tries and she added another touchdown in the 24-5 win over Holland in the ‘non cap’ France International tournament at Marcoussis last October when England went on to lift the title, scoring 23 tries in six matches, all of which brought victory.
Sally, who was born in Prestbury, Cheshire, first played the game when 20 at Cardiff University, where she obtained a BSc in Criminology and Education. She previously attended Stockport Grammar School and Fallibroome Sixth Form College in Macclesfield and now works as a sales and customer service associate for NFU Mutual Direct in Cardiff.
Her rugby mentors past and present are Mark Hawkes, Susie Appleby and LJ Adams at Bristol, her club, together with Kevin Moggridge and Nathan Kelly, of the South West.
Awards for being Cardiff University’s most improved player and players’ player and Bristol’s most improved player in two successive years are on her growing CV. Sally’s golden moments feature the France match at the 2012 European Cup. She said: “I was on the bench and we were losing 25-17 when I came on to the pitch with ten minutes to go. I scored a try and then another one from Lydia (Thompson) won the game 29-25 and the title.”
Another match winner, Manu Tuilagi, is the player – and fellow centre – she most admires. An all-round sportswoman, she has taken part in football, netball, hockey and been involved in athletics, horse riding and game shooting.
Last updated: March 19, 2013