After helping England to win the 2014 World Cup in France – she came off the bench for the final 10 minutes of the final in which Canada were beaten 21-9 – Claire was rewarded with a full-time sevens contract. So she is now taking a career break from her previous working life as a police officer with the Met in the Acton Proactive Robbery Squad. She returned to XVs action after a 16-month gap in the 10-5 win over France in the Old Mutual Wealth Series at Twickenham Stoop last November. She scored the last try in the 2016 Series, diving over in the corner as England beat Canada 39-6 at Twickenham.
Claire began playing rugby with Richmond at the age of 14 and before returning there in 2009, she represented Clifton, Wasps, Worcester and Saracens. She played in four of the five tournaments in the 2015/16 World Series and one of her two tries was in the semi-final against New Zealand in Atlanta. Overall, she has played in 13 sevens tournaments and scored 12 tries and went on to represent Team GB at the Rio 2016 Olympics. She was then awarded a full-time EPS professional 15s contract in September 2016 ahead of the Old Mutual Wealth Series. Initially educated at St Stephen’s Junior School and Orleans Park Secondary School, both in Twickenham, she gained a BTEC in Sport and Exercise at Loughborough University. Her favourite film is Léon. Claire loves to watch shark documentaries and her top breakfast is poached eggs, bacon, spinach and coffee.
75 points – 15T
2007 S, It, I, F, W, USA 2008 W, It, F, S(R), I 2009 F, SA, C(R), NZ(1,2) 2010 W, It, I, F(R) 2011 USA(R), SA, C, C 2012 F(1,2), 2014 S, RWC - Sp, C, I(R), C(R) 2015 C 2016 F, I, NZ(R), C(R)
Last updated: 22 February 2017