Ipswich-born Connie Powell only took up the sport aged 14 and received her first call-up to the England U20s squad at 17.
Coming from a sporting family, she began playing rugby for Sudbury RFC where she was influenced by her coach Dusty Hare.
Sudbury was also the club where Powell’s father and uncle played, with both encouraging her game and providing support every step of the way.
An alumnus of Suffolk’s Hadleigh High School, she looked up to Red Roses World Cup winner Maggie Alphonsi as an idol and used to play as a back-row before converting to hooker.
She has displayed captaincy potential already, having led Eastern Counties U15s, and has some silverware to her name having won the Road to Rio U18s sevens event in May 2015.
The youngster joined Hartpury College’s AASE programme in 2016, and has since become part of Gloucester-Hartpury’s squad that competes in the Tyrrells Premier 15s.
Powell relocated from Hadleigh to Gloucester in order to pursue her rugby dream and made her debut in the Tyrrells Premier 15s in September 2017 against Wasps.
Along with being selected for England’s U20 squad, she counts playing in the Sanix World Rugby Youth Sevens in Japan as one of her proudest moments, finishing third overall with the Hartpury College team.
Powell is also a swimming fan, counts Mamma Mia as her favourite film and the south of France as her favoured holiday destination.