|Weight||73kg (11st 6lb)|
As a child, Ceri used to ride her bike to Drybrook Rugby Club in Gloucestershire. She lived just a stone’s throw (or short bike ride) from the ground and would go along with her three rugby-mad brothers and her inspirational dad, Philip, who used to play for Rotherham. “Dean, my eldest brother, started when he was seven and we’ve been up here with a ball ever since,” she recalled
Ceri picked up the oval-shaped ball and started to play at the age of only six. She was to spend 12 years in the club’s booming girls and ladies section rising through the ranks. “I still come to Drybrook to watch as my brother Ben plays fly-half for the firsts. He’s younger than me so I try and teach him stuff that I’ve learned.”
And Ceri has learned quite a lot. She joined Worcester in 2010 winning the Most Improved Player of the Year in her debut season and the Players’ Player of the Year in 2012.
In 2011 she made her England debut against France. She and fellow debutant Alexandra Matthews became the first Hartpury College students to win senior women’s international rugby caps. At that college, Ceri earned a BTEC National Diploma is Sport.
Drybrook, in the Forest of Dean, remains such an inspirational place for Ceri. She names the Mannings Ground as right up there with the best grounds to play at along with Twickenham. In fact she puts Mannings Road ahead of rugby HQ. The people she thanks for her development are Dave Williams who coached all the mini/junior rugby at Drybrook, Gary Townsend, the Gloucester Talent Group coach as well as her father.
The players she admires include Kim Oliver, Rochelle Clark, Jonny Wilkinson and Dan Carter.
Rugby simply runs through Ceri’s veins. She works as a Community Rugby Coach for the RFU based in Wiltshire. She also coaches the Rugby Rockets in what spare time she has.
It’s been quite a few years for the youngster who became a Premiership Champion with Worcester in 2013. She describes the Euros 2011 final against Spain as the best moment of her career so far. There may be many opportunities to better that.
Last updated: February 24, 2014