Brooke Bradley might have been born in Sidcup in South-East London, but it’s in the South-West that she has learned her rugby trade.
Brooke moved to Devon when she was still at primary school and took up rugby aged 14 at Exmouth RFC.
While she may have picked up an oval ball for the first time later than some of her England U20 teammates, she was no stranger to the game. Her father Ian spent a long time playing in Dartford and, according to Brooke, he remains her fiercest critic but also her biggest supporter.
Although her main focus is rugby, Brooke is an all-round sportswoman – she was part of the GB youth judo team, while she is also a keen footballer, as well as enjoying wakeboarding and surfing in her free time.
After starting playing rugby in Exmouth, she quickly moved to Exeter Saracens before joining Bristol Ladies and helping them win the Senior Plate competition in 2017.
The scrum half had made her debut for Bristol in February 2017 and went on to represent the club in the inaugural Tyrrells Premier 15s campaign in 2017/18.
As well as her rugby-playing father, Brooke also has a sporty twin sister: “Lucy used to do gymnastics to a high level, which is ironic because I do not have an elegant bone in my body.”
Outside rugby, Brooke is a huge Arsenal fan and enjoys watching both football and athletics.Last updated: 25 January 2018