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Joanna McGilchrist


Key Facts

PositionLock/Number 8
Height1.8m (5'11")
Weight76kg (11st 13lb)


With a Bsc in Fashion and Textiles you'll find Jo mixing it up with the best of them in the pack. Yes, Jo is not your ordinary second row. Before rugby commitments took over you could find her throwing a javelin or playing rounders for Scotland. And her obvious talents don't stop there. To pay the bills she works as a physiotherapist at West Middlesex Hospital.

She's already bagged more than 50 caps for her country and rates the 10-3 win over New Zealand at Twickenham in November 2009 as the outstanding moment in her career and the 2010 WRWC final against the same opponents as her most memorable game. Not only did she start all three Tests against the Black Ferns in July this year but she can also lend her hand to the sevens version of the game, if called upon.

She played for two years in the England Students team before she muscled her way into the Test side. And when she's not donning the Red Rose, you'll find her with her club Wasps. Oh, and you can add Wasps' Newcomer of the year and Player of the Year awards to her rather packed rugby CV.

Born in Chichester the players she most admires are Simon Shaw, the former Wasps, England and British & Irish Lions lock, Richie McCaw, David Pocock, Pierre Spies and Ali Williams – not a bad crop of players to take your lead from. Twickenham Stadium is her favourite ground, although she might want to redesign the high-viz jackets the stewards don on match days.

Last updated:  March 18, 2014

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