|Weight||80kg (12st 8lb)|
Lichfield Number 8 Sarah actually began her life in rugby playing the league code as a nine year old at Goathland Primary school in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Sarah remembers: "It wasn't as well organised in terms of national competitions but we had a rugby coach come in and introduce rugby into our PE lessons." Thankfully, as far as we are concerned she switched to union five years later when she was at Longbenton Community College in the same city. "I was fortunate as I had a local club that I would go and play for and I just continued to play through there, but there were only two girls on the team so it wasn't as accessible as it is now for girls" she said.
Sarah has never looked back since then. She decided at a very young age that she wanted to play rugby for England. By the age of 23 she had realised her ambitions. While studying Sport Science and Mathematics at Loughborough University, she won the British Universities Championship, she skippered Lichfield from 2005-09, she played for the North East under-18s and represented Northumberland at under 16 level. Her international honours include the Six Nations five times, the European Championship, Nations Cup and the European Trophy (twice). On the personal side of things, she has taken the Players' Player award at Novocastrians, Lichfield, Loughborough Univerasity and at the England Academy.
Yet, of all her achievements she says her best was being part of the England team which beat New Zealand at Twickenham in 2012 to win the autumn series 3-0. "New Zealand had never been white washed in a series before, so it was a wonderful achievement," she said.
Her inspirational performances have seen her captain her country on many occasions and all of this after she was once told that she would not make the top grade in the sport she loves. A switch to the back row changed things and all of her hard work was rewarded when she celebrated her 40th international cap with a try when captaining England to a 61-0 thrashing of Spain in the opening European Cup match of 2012.
Sarah now works as the RFU University Rugby Development Officer for the South West and there can't be anyone better qualified.
Last updated: March 18, 2014