International Pathway

  • Saracens Women II2017
  • Saracens Women2017
  • England Women u202017


Currently studying for an extra A-level with the aim of becoming a doctor, a former national chess champion and an England U20s international – there are clearly many strings to Rowan White’s bow.

Born in Johannesburg but raised in Oxford, White signed for Saracens Women in 2016 and has been a near ever-present in the Tyrrells Premier 15s in the 2017/18 season for the north London club.

Equally capable at full back or outside centre, the youngster has been called up to England U20s for the second year in a row after a breakthrough campaign that saw her notch her first try against Loughborough Lightning back in September.

White came through the ranks at Oxford Harlequins, captaining South West England U18s and winning the National Cup with Reading back in 2015.

But it is the coaching of Russell Earnshaw in the England pathway, particularly at U18 level, that the youngster feels has been most influential on her rise through the ranks.

That is of course, without mentioning her parents Mark and Lizzy who White says: “I still don’t understand how my parents have managed to get me to all of my training sessions and games.

“They have given me unwavering support ever since I first picked up a ball aged seven and always been there to screw my head back on, be that regarding knuckling down to schoolwork, managing injuries, my training schedule or reflecting on results.”