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Thank you, it was an incredible feeling. I don’t think it’s really sunk in what we’ve achieved and how significant the tournament has been. We’ve come a long way as a team and the scenes on the pitch and in the dressing room after proved how far we’ve come. To have won it with this group of boys was extra special and there was a lot of smiles, laughs, songs after that final whistle went.
I started playing rugby aged 9 at my local club Crediton RFC. My brother played there and my uncle coached so it was natural route for me.
I always want to get better; I’ve never come off a pitch feeling like I’ve had the perfect game. There are always things I want to work on. If I ever feel there isn’t then I think it will be time to hang up my boots!
I started playing rugby at the age of five. As a child, I always looked up to my older brother; he was a big fan of rugby and everywhere we went, a rugby ball wasn’t too far away.
My love for the game is my biggest motivation. There are other factors such as the social lifestyle, networking, and the financial reward in professional sport is very good, but nothing beats the feeling of running out on a Saturday afternoon in front of your supporters.
Rugby was a massive part of my family, my dad, cousin and uncle played so my Granda used to take me to westoe to watch them play on a Saturday. I wanted to play as soon as I could, my Dad took me down to Westoe when I was about 5/6 and I played with the boys until I was 12 when you could no longer play mixed rugby. At that time there was no provision for girls to play rugby until you hit senior rugby at 16/17. I played hockey, netball, football, rounders until I got back into rugby at 16.