|Weight||78kg (12st 3lb)|
It's all about rugby, rugby and a bit more rugby when it comes to Abbie. With her dad having played the game and her brother representing English Colleges at under 19 level and now playing over in Manly, Australia, the writing was on the wall. In fact, she adores the oval ball so much, she says: “I love to watch any rugby, no matter who's playing, Rugby League and Rugby Union and since being in Australia for a month, I’ve taken a liking to AFL (Aussie Rules). My favourite teams are Gloucester and Sydney Swans (AFL).”
Abbie first picked up a ball at the age of eight at Aldermaston RFC and after four years there and five years with Reading Rugby Club, both in Berkshire, Abbie made her way to Bristol. Not, however, before a couple of years playing at Hartpury College where, like so many of her England Under 20 colleagues, she met Danielle Waterman and had great success. She was named Player of the Year there, under the current England Elite player's tutelage.
She's a big fan of long distance runner Mo Farah, but, being the rugby nut she is, there's no surprise her three most admired people are the aforementioned Danielle Waterman, Scott Quinell and Will Greenwood. And, if she could have anyone around for dinner, she'd invite All Black legend Richie McCaw and referee Nigel Owens. After all, every prop needs a friendly referee on their side.
After studying at Pangbourne College and Hartpury College, Abbie now finds herself at the University of Gloucestershire training to be a sports therapist, a job she'd love to do for the England Rugby team.
Staying with, funnily enough, rugby, Abbie says: “My favourite ground to play at is Allianz Park when playing against Saracens, the 4G pitch is amazing to play on. But, from a fan point of view, it has got to be Twickenham where the atmosphere is incredible, especially at the big games. Watching England Men destroy New Zealand last Autumn was an awesome feeling.”
Hopefully one day we'll see her doing the same for the Women's side.
Last updated: November 27, 2013