|Squad||Darlington Mowden Park Sharks|
|Weight||78kg (12st 3lb)|
It took Jo two attempts to realise rugby was the game for her. “I played with the boys when I was nine but decided rugby wasn't for me. My father then helped set up the first girls rugby team when I was 13 in Glossop and asked if I wanted to join and I have loved rugby ever since.”
That inspirational father, David, played his fair share of the game in South Africa and Jo’s cousins represented the South Africans at Under 20's level in Rugby League, so the pedigree is there to see.
Jo may have been born in Veldhoven in The Netherlands but she moved over to England when she was three and went onto St Thomas More Catholic School, Buxton and Loreto College, Manchester before starting a Sports Therapy course at Teeside University where she's in her second year. If she could have any job in the world, it would be “a Physiotherapist for a top athlete or international team.”
After a number of years with Glossop RFC (2007-2011) and Waterloo RFC (2011/12) Jo has settled at Mowden Park Sharks – her favourite ground to play at: “because playing in a stadium, which is also your home ground, is very special.” And it's in the North where she's started to get recognised, most notably with being given the captaincy of Durham last year and taking the reins of her University side, too.
She holds current England Elite players Victoria Fleetwood and Sarah Hunter in high regard along with long distance running super star, Mo Farah. “He's always willing to go the extra mile to beat the competition.” A bit like Jo herself... “My funniest moment in rugby was during a friendly league game where the opposition made a missed tackle, pulling my shorts down to my ankle, and I just kept waddling until another defender pushed me over. Luckily I'd worn my undershorts!”
Last updated: November 20, 2013