|Weight||75kg (11st 11lb)|
Involvement in judo from the age of five, along the way to a black belt and now body boarding as a hobby gives Kim Oliver wide ranging skills that complement her talents as a rugby player. A former swimming teacher at Bath University Swim School, she now works as a receptionist. Kim played for Chippenham from the age of nine to 14, Avon girls for the next two years, Avon women for a season and then Bristol when she was 17 to the present day.
Kim was schooled at Holy Trinity Primary and John Bentley School, Calne, Wiltshire and her mentors have been former England players Susie Appleby and Georgina Stevens. Appearances for England U18, Academy and A teams prefaced her Test calls and she played in the side beaten 25-17 by New Zealand in the 2006 WRWC final.
That is her most memorable match and Jonny Wilkinson is her top player. Since taking up the game, Kim has played at either centre or fly half and Twickenham Stadium is her favourite venue where appropriately she won her 30th Test cap in the 89-0 victory over Scotland in March 2011.
Kim celebrated her 40th with a try and two conversions in the opening FIRA-AER European Cup match against Spain in Rovereto, Italy last May, played off the bench for Danielle Waterman in the second game against Italy and started the final in which France were beaten 29-25. She had appeared in four Six Nations Championship matches earlier in the year.
Injury side-lined her this season but after impressing in the RFU Divisional programme she returned to the match-day squad against Wales at Aberavon and played off the bench for Abi Chamberlain after 56 minutes and shared in a 20-16 victory.
She had been a prominent performer in the opening game of the 2011-12 season despite an England XV losing 14-5 to France in a ‘non cap’ match at Marseille that November. Kim then played in the full Test at Châteaurenaud three days later and started the subsequent games in which New Zealand were beaten 10-0 and 21-7 in the Red Roses’ series triumph later that month. She played off the bench in the drawn third Test.
Last updated: March 19, 2013