Growing up as part of a rugby-obsessed family in St Helens, Rachael Woosey has been playing the game since the age of six and emerged through the West Park club’s junior development programme in the Merseyside town. Last year she has played six times for England U20, adding to her appearance for England U18 Sevens against Ukraine in 2015. She also earned a place in the England Sevens National Talent Development Group and is now with Darlington Mowden Park Sharks. Rachael marked her World Sevens Series debut with a try in the Challenge Trophy Final against Brazil in Sydney this February.
John Foster, an RFU Community Coach and mentor when she joined girls’ rugby at Liverpool St Helens, said: “She was probably one of the quickest players in the country in her age group. Rachael’s father Shaun was also a very quick wing. So I know that in addition to the specialist coaching with the England girls she will be getting plenty of tips at home.”
Born at Whiston Hospital, near St Helens, Rachael is in the first year of a degree course in sport coaching at Bishop Burton College, having attended Bleak Hill Primary School and Rainford High Technology College. She captained the North of England U18 side and has extra family backing from brother Adam, who represented Lancashire U17 and Myerscough College and mum Julie, ever ready to transport her to matches.
Playing in the FIRA 7s and becoming a European champion is her proudest rugby moment so far but her most difficult task has been managing her studies alongside playing the game. She also enjoys watching athletics, being involved in netball and was scouted to play for Tameside. Her special pleasures in her own words are “going out for coffee, getting my nails done and listening to R&B, pop and the charts”. The player she rates most highly is Jonny Wilkinson.
Hotpot is her favourite food, Peter Pan is the film she likes best and Coronation Street and Made in Chelsea tempt her to turn on the TV. Me Before You is her top read. “Ditzy, happy and chilled” is the way she sees herself while her friends regard her as “confident, funny and fast”.
Last updated: 6 February 2017