After helping England to win the 2014 World Cup in France – she came off the bench for the final 10 minutes of the final in which Canada were beaten 21-9 – Claire was rewarded with a full-time sevens contract. To fulfil this commitment she took a career break from her previous working life as a police officer with the Met in the Acton Proactive Robbery Squad.
She returned to XVs action after a 16-month gap in the 10-5 win over France in the Old Mutual Wealth Series at Twickenham Stoop in 2016. She scored the last try of that series, diving over in the corner as England beat Canada 39-6 at Twickenham.
Claire began playing rugby with Richmond at the age of 14 and before returning there in 2009, she represented Clifton, Wasps, Worcester and Saracens. She played in four of the five tournaments in the 2015/16 World Series and one of her two tries was in the semi-final against New Zealand in Atlanta. She went on to represent Team GB at the Rio 2016 Olympics, and after a long term injury she is again a part of the full-time sevens squad for 2017/18.
Initially educated at St Stephen’s Junior School and Orleans Park Secondary School, both in Twickenham, she gained a BTEC in Sport and Exercise at Loughborough University. Her favourite film is Léon. Claire loves to watch shark documentaries and her top breakfast is poached eggs, bacon, spinach and coffee.
75 points – 15T.
2007 S, It, I, F, W, USA 2008 W, It, F, S(R), I 2009 F, SA, C(R), NZ(1,2) 2010 W, It, I, F(R) 2011 USA(R), SA, C, C 2012 F(1,2), 2014 S, RWC - Sp, C, I(R), C(R) 2015 C 2016 F, I, NZ(R), C(R).
Last updated: 4 January 2018