|Weight||70kg (11st 0lb)|
Rebecca's first introduction to the game came in the unusual rugby surroundings of Dubai as an Under 8. Her family moved back to England a year later and, thanks to her dad and brother who both played and coached respectively, she carried on her rugby education in the Under 9s at Bolton RFC.
Her mum, though, gets a lot of the credit for her continued love of the game as she “had to take me to all my matches as there were no changing facilities for girls and I was usually the only girl playing.” It's that sort of encouragement and dedication that has set Rebecca up in life and after stints at Bolton RFC and Tyldelsey RFC, there's no real surprise she has U9s Bolton Player of the Year, U15s Bolton girls Player of the Year, U15s Lancashire Player of the Match (v Northumbria 2010), Rivington & Blackrod High School Sportsperson of the Year (2011), U18s Tyldesley Forward of the Year (2011), Rosslyn Park 7s Champions 2012, Lancashire Under 15s and 18s and now England Under 20s all under he belt.
Jo Riches, coach at Tyldesley, gets a big mention in the success story of Rebecca, too. along with Richard, her coach at Bolton, who, when Rebecca got too old to play with the boys, started a girls team so that she could keep on playing.
Having gone to Moulton College in Northampton, after Jebel Ali School, Dubai, UAE, Horwich Parish Church School and Rivington & Blackrod High School, both in Lancashire, she's found herself supporting her “adopted” home team, Northampton Saints.
Rebecca looks up to Richie McCaw and Heather Fisher, two great international flankers, having moved from number eight to flanker. She's also a big fan of the sunshine and water parks and if she could have any job in the world, it would be a water theme park creator and tester.
Last updated: November 20, 2013