A whirlwind year brought Abbie into prominence in 2015. She made her full England debut against Wales in the Six Nations before playing for England sevens in the Rugby Europe Grand Prix Series and being centrally contracted. She has also been part of the U20 XVs squad. Abbie followed her brother into the sport, picking up the ball when only six at Cullompton RFC.
She said: “My proudest club rugby moment was when I played for Cullompton and we won our first match. We really struggled to put out a regular team so this was a real achievement.” Since then, she has been with Exeter Saracens, Worcester, Hartpury College and Bristol. She was chosen in the 12-strong British Women’s Sevens squad for two invitational tournaments in March last year in Las Vegas and Vancouver as part of the preparations for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Five months later, she scored two tries in the historic event as Team GB finished fourth.
At the age of 20, she captained England in the first four events in this season's World Rugby Sevens Series in Dubai, Sydney, Las Vegas and Kitakyushu. Abbie said: “I’m extremely honoured not only to lead the side but even be part of it. I couldn’t ask for a better group of players. I’m taking it all in my stride, doing the best I can and also focusing on my own performance.”
A try-scorer on her World Series debut in the 38-5 win over Japan, she also touched down against Fiji and added tries against Colombia and New Zealand when England finished third in Atlanta last April. Another two tries followed in Langford the following weekend – one against Japan in the 28-22 pool match win and the other against Australia in the 15-5 victory over Australia in the cup semi-final. She has scored 16 tries in eight World Series events to date, including four in Kitakyushu this April.
Abbie, who was born in Exeter, also played basketball and netball at South West level and won a strength and conditioning award while at Hartpury, where she studied for a BTEC in Sporting and Excellence in Rugby. Abbie loves to start the day with bacon and pancakes.
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Last updated: 26 April 2017