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Emma Croker


Key Facts

Height1.62m (5'4")
Weight72kg (11st 4lb)


Richmond hooker, Emma has more reasons than most to enjoy every game of rugby that she plays. The birth of her child was a complicated one and that led to her being banned from any kind of training for three months after the delivery of her baby girl, Lucy. As soon as she was cleared by the doctors to resume training, Emma threw herself back into things with a vengeance. Incredibly, after four months, she was back playing club rugby and after five she was in the England side selected for the European Championships. “One day I was pregnant,” she said, “the next I’m on the field. I think being a mum makes you more focused. I used to think I trained 110% but I know now that I didn’t. Now I am much more intense – because every minute in the gym is time away from Lucy.”

Such comments and her desire to succeed has made Emma a role model especially for the kids she teaches in her role as Head of PE at Swakeleys School for Girls in Hillingdon in West London. She is an inspiration to them and it’s not hard to see why.

Having taken up rugby very late as a 20 year-old at University College in Chichester, Emma embarked on an additional career as a weightlifter in 2009, winning the national title the following year. She even considered pursuing an Olympic place, competing alongside the British weightlifting record-holder Zoe Smith.

It seems that there can’t be enough hours in the day for Emma who recently won an award for playing for ten consecutive years in Richmond’s first XV. She has played more than 100 games for the club and has won the player of the season award, the most improved player and the Sevens player of the year. Emma’s mother is also the Richmond Women’s Manager.

Paula Radcliffe has also been a role model for the 30 year-old who used the marathon runner’s motherhood as he own inspiration to return to full fitness to resume her international rugby career. It would surprise anyone if Emma then took up running 26 miles herself.

Last updated:   March 10, 2014

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