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Emily Scarratt


Key Facts

PositionCentre/Full back
Height1.81m (5'11")
Weight78kg (12st 3lb)


Emily may wear 13 or 15 on her back, but if you put her in any position on a rugby pitch you get the impression that she would become world class at it. In fact, you could probably say the same about a number of sports she’s been involved in. Throw her a ball, any shape, and she'd catch it, hit it or dunk it. We could easily have seen Emily playing for England at hockey, rounders and even basketball – she was offered a US Basketball Scholarship aged 16 but turned it down, much to the delight of England rugby fans.

When she burst on to the international scene in 2008 with 12 tries in 12 games, she was being touted as the Brian O'Driscoll of the women's game. Not a bad comparison to have.

Her fondest Rugby World Cup memories are England's men winning in 2003 and walking out at a packed Stoop in 2010 in the WRWC final against New Zealand.

But it's not all about rugby, despite first playing at the age of five. Emily has a Sports and Exercise Science degree from Leeds Metropolitan behind her and is currently the PE Assistant at King Edward’s School in Birmingham.

She was recently named the Sky Sportswoman of the Month in March and has also won the Rugby Players Association’s England Women’s Players’ Player in 2013 while being short-listed for the same award this year. She was also nominated for the IRB Sevens  Player of the Year last season.

Coming from a rugby-mad family, she started her rugby journey with Leicester Forest and found her way to Lichfield. She's got time on her side and you wouldn't put it past her topping a few of the record lists, and adding to her already impressive rugby CV by the time that journey ends.

Last updated: July 1, 2014

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