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Siobhan Longdon-Hughes


Key Facts

Height1.7m (5'7")
Weight74kg (11st 9lb)


There is something naturally graceful about Siobhan who hails from Isleworth but plies her trade for Bristol Ladies. At one point in her life she seemed destined to be in the West End as a ballerina. You would imagine that the world of Darcey Bussell, filled with grace and poise, would be difficult to reconcile with the combative and confrontational nature of rugby. After all one is deemed to be an art and I don’t think it’s rugby. It was at Hartpury College where rugby appeared to win the battle between the two different disciplines although Siobhan did manage to achieve a merit in RAD Grade 8 Ballet. As with all those who attend Hartpury, Danielle Waterman is one of the people she thanks for her development as a player along with Maggie Alphonsi.

Siobhan started mixing rugby with ballet at the age of 12 when she started playing at Grasshoppers RFC after playing tag at St Mary’s Primary School. And if that hasn’t got you scratching your head, then let me add that her uncle Charles was once the World Karate Champion. The rest of her family can probably do anything they like.

So, rugby won the day for Siobhan and the dancing winger has played for London Irish, Worcester and now Bristol, a club she joined in 2012. She is hoping to add to her single England under-20 cap. She also went to Kazan in Russia with the Great Britain student Sevens team where she was not the only member of the team to get fired up by the Brazilians when in the tunnel pre-match. It’s a story Siobhan remembers well. “There was a mess up with the times and that meant that we had to experience the longest tunnel wait to play Brazil in our third pool game. As we ran out on to the pitch I was suddenly all fired up. A quick ball from Sarah McKenna and a cheeky step got me to put the first points on the board under the sticks. We won 33-15.”

Filled with awards such as the Thames Valley Coaches Player of the Year, the Players’ Player and the Most Improved Player, Siobhan, who is studying a BSc in Biomedical Science at Cardiff Metropolitan University, seems to have the world at her feet. Even if those feet are no longer in ballet slippers.

Last updated: October 21, 2013

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