|Weight||73kg (11st 6lb)|
Once the UK’s No 1 junior hurdler, Victoria Fleetwood has converted those skills into success on the rugby field that brought the first of her 25 senior England caps against the United States in the 15-11 win at Appleby College, Ontario in early August 2011.
Her tenth cap was in the 43-3 win over Italy at Recco in February 2012. She then started the Twickenham match against Wales before completing a full set of appearances in the 2012 Six Nations by playing against France and Ireland.
Vicky then figured off the bench against Spain in the FIRA-AER European Cup in Rovereto in May and started the other two games against Italy and France when England lifted the title. She appeared in every match during the 2013 Six Nations and won her 25th cap in the final game against Wales at Aberavon.
Nuneaton-born Vicky has completed three years of studies in Sport & Exercise Science at Leeds Metropolitan University and is an athletics activator for a project called B-Active in Leicester. She was previously educated at All Saints’, Sapcote and John Cleveland College in Hinckley, where she began playing at the age of 14.
Vicky was with the Leicester Forest club until 2006-07, has figured ten times for England U20 and in eight England A games. Martin Hynes, the U20 forwards coach in 2008-09 has been her mentor along the way to winning BUCS Sevens titles with Leeds Met in 2009 and 2010. More recently, Graham Smith the England Women’s assistant coach and Simon Middleton, the England men’s throwing coach, have been beneficial influences.
A former centre, she joined her present club Lichfield when 17. Vicky switched from centre to hooker, where she still plays, only a month before being selected in that position for England U20 when they demolished Wales 31-0 at Cardiff in 2008.
Last updated: March 19, 2013