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Sophie Hemming


Key Facts

Height1.7m (5'7")
Weight81kg (12st 10lb)


Sophie combines her England duties with a full-time job as a veterinarian at the Avenue Veterinary Centre in Staple Hill in Bristol. 

Prop Sophie first played rugby at Bristol University. Before that, she and her sister were experts at rowing. “I was fed up of following in her footsteps so I wanted to try something different,” she said. She soon developed her rugby career to be good enough to be named as the Bristol Ladies captain.

Sophie played in the 2010 World Cup in England and has taken time off from work so she can train fully in preparation for her second World Cup.

She was a Grand Slam winner with England in 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012. Sophie was named as the Bristol Ladies and the England Coaches’ Player of the Season in 2011. She has also won the RFU Linda Uttley Award, one which recognises the commitment and dedication of an individual.

If her work and rugby don’t fill enough of her time, Sophie also enjoys mountain biking, climbing and squash and is rather partial to Italian food – especially if it is over in Pontremoli where her boyfriend’s parents live.

Emily Ryall, one of her first coaches, has been a real inspiration and was the person who persuaded Sophie not to retire from the sport she loves after breaking a leg.

Last updated: July 1, 2014

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