|Weight||63kg (9st 12lb)|
Playing high level rugby is an extension of Sarah Guest’s energetic life in two part-time roles as a gym instructor for Felines at Sedgely, near Dudley and a multi sports coach for Fair Play in primary schools in the area.
A Level 2 rugby coach, she has also obtained a BTEC National Diploma in Sports Development & Fitness and a BSc in Outdoor Adventure Leadership and Management at Worcester University, having previously attended St Bernadette’s Primary and Edgecliff High School. Sarah was born at Wordsley, a village south of Kingswinford and first played the game when eight through to the age of 12 at Dudley Kingswinford RFC.
Sarah has represented England U19 three times, the U20 side in six matches, the A team around 10 times and England Sevens in nine events, the most recent when the squad triumphed in World Series round two in Houston in early February this year.
She had contributed to England’s success when they won the France International tournament at Marcoussis last October. The side secured victories in all six matches, including the 19-14 victory over the hosts in the final.
Sarah has captained Worcester U16 and Worcester University and led England U20 against Wales. Seven countries have been on her rugby itinerary with club or country – France, Spain, Germany, Russia, Romania, Dubai and Canada. Jo Yapp, her club mentor and the player that she most admires has been an important figure in her development. A specialist scrum half, Sarah sometimes plays at outside centre for Worcester.
Her best rugby memory was the U20 Nations Cup final against hosts Canada in 2008 and she has enjoyed playing most at Dubai in the Sevens. Sarah said: “My most memorable match was when we beat the USA 31-0 to take us into the semi final there in December 2011. Many people did not think we would win but we not only built an impressive score but also kept a clean sheet. It was such a fantastic team effort.” She later became a Sevens winner with England in Hong Kong. Jo Yapp and George Gregan are the players she rates most highly.
Sarah’s hobbies outside the game are – quite logically – climbing, walking, mountaineering, skiing, surfing, kayaking, canoeing and travelling.
Last updated: February 05, 2013