Leicester-born Emily will go down in history as the player who secured the England’s 2014 World Cup triumph with a try six minutes from the end when her side beat Canada 21-9 in the final. A multi-talented all-rounder, she has played hockey and rounders and turned down the offer of a US Basketball Scholarship when 16. She burst on to the Test scene in 2008 with 12 tries in 12 games and became the top point-scorer, with 70, at the last World Cup, including 16 in the final.
Emily, who is from a Leicestershire farming family, has a Sports and Exercise Science degree from Leeds Beckett University and was a PE assistant before taking up a full-time sevens contract with the RFU. She won the RPA England Women’s Players’ Player award in 2013 and was also nominated for the IRB Sevens Player of the Year that year.
She also scored 12 tries in 2015/16, including six in Atlanta where only Emma Tonegato, of Australia, bettered her total. Emily captained England in four of the five World Series events in 2015/16 and has run in 21 tries in ten events. Last May, she achieved another accolade when being named in the World Rugby Sevens Dream Team of the Season and went on to captain Team GB Sevens at the Rio Olympics.She was also nominated for World Rugby's Sevens Player of the Year of 2016.
Last September she was awarded a full-time EPS professional contract for 15s ahead of a huge year for women's rugby. Emily excelled in the opening match of the 2017 Six Nations, landing six kicks and contributing 16 points to the 26-13 win over France at Twickenham. A touchdown against Scotland in March, the 34th of her career, made Emily England’s fifth all-time highest try-scorer. Her 51 points in the Six Nations were the most in this year’s tournament, only five short of Katy Mclean’s competition record, set in 2011.
369 points – 34T, 56C, 29PG
2008 USA(R), C, C, I 2009 It, W, I, F, S, USA, F(R), C, NZ(R), NZ 2010 W, It, I, S, F RWC - I, USA, A, NZ 2011 W, It, F, S, I, USA, C, C, F, NZ(1,2R,3) 2012 S, It, W, F, I, F, NZ(1, 2, 3) 2013 NZ(1,2) 2014 F, S, I, W, It RWC - Sam, Sp, C, I, C 2015 USA(R), NZ, C 2016 NZ, C 2017 F, W, It, S, I, A(R), C
Last updated: 13 June 2017