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Tamara Taylor

TamaraTaylor

Key Facts

SquadDarlington Mowden Park Sharks
PositionLock/Number 8
Age32
Height1.8m (5'11")
Weight83kg (13st 0lb)
Caps73

Profile

It always has been - and you get the feeling it always will be - about sport for Tamara Taylor – it runs through her veins. Her mother, Teresa, captained the Namibian Golf Team and represented the England Ladies and if Tamara isn't playing sport, she'll be talking about it and coaching it in her role as one of the RFU's community rugby coaches. She's even spread the word as far as downtown New York City, not your natural breeding ground for rugby players. Tamara, working as Worcester Rugby's Community Coach, made the trip across the pond to try to help out underprivileged children to get their lives on track through the sport of rugby.

And she's pretty well versed in the game to talk about it, too. As one of the – erm, whisper it - elder stateswoman in the team she can draw on 67 caps to date and a host of trophies along the way. She's played in two World Cups so far and has the Six Nations Championship, a European Cup and the famous three-zip white wash (as they would say in NYC) over New Zealand in 2012 to add to her list of achievements for England.

Born in the West Country - in Exeter, to be precise - Tamara made her way up the country to Reading where she first started playing rugby at the age of 11 at Oratory Prep School. Back then she played as a centre or on the wing. Now you'll see her smashing rucks and plucking the ball out the air in a line out for her club Darlington Mowden Park Sharks and England. It's safe to say she's not shy of a big hit and whilst at University in Newcastle, she was selected to play for Great Britain's Students at rugby league. Thankfully though, she decided to stick with Union and she's gone on to make a huge impact with the red rose on her chest.

Along with the team success over the past few years, Tamara bagged the Players' Player of the Year Award in 2008 – arguably the one all players want - and she's not short of a brain cell or two either. She's got a load of letters after her name since gaining a Bsc (Hons) in Biomedical Sciences from Newcastle University. Now, if someone could tell me what that means….

Last updated:  March 18, 2014

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