Amelia Lavallee has had one of the more unconventional routes into the England U20 set-up, coming from a country where rugby is not a mainstream sport and only taking up the game at 15.
Born in Copenhagen, Denmark, Amelia moved across to the UK as a youngster, initially going to school in the home counties where she attended Ousedale School.
The lock began playing at local club Olney RFC and progressed under the tutelage of Ian Fletcher before heading to Hartpury College to do a BSc (Hons) in Strength and Conditioning.
While based at Hartpury College, she joined Gloucester-Hartpury Women, making her first-team debut in September 2016. She says it was during her second year at Hartpury College that she realised that she had the ability to play rugby at the highest level.
She has accomplished all this despite living by herself, as her family – she is one of five children – are still based abroad.
With her two rugby heroes being Courtney Lawes and Tamara Taylor, it’s little surprise that Amelia has found her role in the second row, earning her call-up to the England U20 set-up in that position.
Outside of rugby, the forward also has a keen interest in American football.
Last updated on: 25 January 2018