|Weight||80kg (12st 8lb)|
Lichfield Number 8 Sarah actually began her life in rugby playing the League code as a nine-year-old at Goathland Primary school in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Thankfully, as far as we are concerned, she switched to union five years later when she was at Longbenton Community College in the same city.
Sarah has never looked back. She decided at a very young age that she wanted to play rugby for England. By the age of 23 she had realised her ambitions.
She played a full role in the 2010 World Cup in England and will never forget the final at the Stoop. “The moment that stands out is just before New Zealand were about to do the Haka and we were stood opposite waiting and all you could hear around us was a 14,000 home fans singing Swing Low Sweet Chariot. New Zealand were waiting for the crowd to go quiet before starting but the crowd just kept going and going until New Zealand eventually had to start and they were drowned out. It was an amazing feeling to know that all these people were there to support the team.”
On top of studying Sport Science and Mathematics at Loughborough University, Sarah won the British Universities Championship, skippered Lichfield from 2005-09, played for the North East U18s and represented Northumberland at U16 level. Her international triumphs span the Six Nations five times, together with the European Championship, Nations Cup and the European Trophy twice each. On the personal side of things, she has taken the Players’ Player award at Novocastrians, Lichfield, Loughborough University and at the England Academy.
Her inspirational performances have seen her captain her country on many occasions and she was rewarded when she celebrated her 40th international cap with a try when captaining England to a 61-0 thrashing of Spain in the opening European Cup match of 2012.
Sarah now works as the RFU University Rugby Development Officer for the South West.
Last updated: July 1, 2014