Rugby was always going to play a part in the life of Danielle, who is known as 'Nolli'. Her father, Jim, appeared in more than 450 games for Bath Rugby, both her brothers play and now she’s a World Cup winner, having scored a try in the 2014 final against Canada. In fact, 'Nolli' has played in three World Cups and three finals, is England’s longest-serving current player and is centrally contracted. 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 in which she became a member of Team GB.
‘Nolli’ made a triumphant return to the England Sevens squad in the title triumph at Langford in April 2016. A knee injury meant that her most recent World Series appearance had been in Atlanta 13 months earlier. Danielle said: “The one goal for me, through a really difficult rehab, was just to be able to wear the England shirt again. I think this is probably my biggest achievement in 14 years of playing for my country. Physically and mentally it has challenged me in every sense.”
She made her Test debut in 2003, became the youngest girl at the age of 18 to represent her country and has scored 41 tries in 68 Test appearances. In 26 Six Nations games ‘Nolli’ has scored 25 tries, including one this February when England beat France for the third time in a row and two against Wales the following week and one against Scotland in March. She had made a dazzling 60-metre run to the line at Twickenham Stadium that bewildered the Canadian defence in a 39-6 victory last November. Taunton born, she returned to the West Country when moving from Worcester to Bristol. She was Head of AASE Academy at Hartpury College and is now one of the 18 players on full-time 15s contracts with the RFU. 'Nolli' loves watching athletics and gymnastics and enjoys supporting big sporting events. She also follows anything competitive with a ball – except golf and is an Ambassador for Rugby for Heroes.
205 points – 41T
2003 I(R) 2004 C(R), C(R) 2005 SA(R), Sam(R), NZ(1R,2) 2006 W(R), Sp(R), S, F, I RWC - SA(R), F, NZ 2007 S, It, I, F, W, USA 2008 W, It, F, S(R), I, USA, USA(R), C, C, I 2009 USA(R), F, SA(R), C RWC - I, Kaz(R), USA, A, NZ 2011 W, It, F, S(R), I(R), USA, SA(R), C, NZ 2012 Sp, It, F, F, NZ 2014 It RWC - Sam, Sp, C, I, C 2016 F, I, NZ, C 2017 F, W, S, I, C
Last updated: 13 June 2017