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Starting off your journey to being a Red Rose is not ordinarily started at a rugby league club in west Leeds, but Ellie Kildunne is no ordinary player.
The 18-year-old is one of the new generation of England Women players who have made their mark at international level since the Women’s Rugby World Cup last year, scoring an impressive eight tries in her first six caps.
After earning her first cap against Canada back in November, where she scored a try on debut, Kildunne says the novelty of joining up with the best players in the country still has not worn off.
“Every single time I come down I’m excited.”
“I’m on my phone refreshing the squad to see if I’m coming like an hour before and then when it comes I ring my mum and dad straight away.
How about feeling settled within the squad? “I wouldn’t say settled, I feel comfortable with everything that’s going on but each time I come it’s a different experience.
“I see the more experienced players as friends now. Before I was like ‘oh my god I’ve seen them on TV’ and although a bit of me is still like that, I feel so comfortable with them - I say they’re my friends I don’t know if they say the same.”
Although there are a couple of university students within the England camp, none of them are doing their A Levels.
The Gloucester-Hartpury Women's back is taking Biology, PE and Geography at Hartpury College, but the life of an elite rugby player cannot get in the way of her studying.
“I’ve got my notes in my bag and I’ve got people emailing me stuff when I’m at school with what I’ve missed - I’m keeping on top of it," she added.
“The week before I come into camp I’ve got to go around all the teachers and get all my work for the next week I’m going to be missing and potentially any homework as well."
If you are at home you could ask your parents, siblings or friends for help on tasks, so what do you do when you are surrounded by a group of international players?
“I haven‘t gone to many people because I need to do it for myself," she continued. "Amber [Reed] is very good for PE. I can go to Luke [Woodhouse - strength and conditioning coach] when I had some PE coursework where I had some strength and conditioning so I went to him for some bits.
“Even some of the uni girls, whether it’s just being able to answer questions or tips on, not the question itself, but how to handle it, I go to them and it’s really nice as they’ve been through it."
Kildunne's drive to be the best rugby player she can be came at an early age. At 15 she played at the Sainsbury’s School Games at Hartpury College and spent the next few years trying to persuade her parents to let her leave home to help her development.
“That’s what really switched on for me that I really did want to do rugby as career," said Kildunne.
"I told my parents I wanted to go, they were against it for pretty much the whole time and it took a huge amount of persuading, telling them the pros and cons and finally they let me go down - but I have to go home every weekend."
Along with fellow back three players Abigail Dow and Jess Breach, Kildunne has found international tries simple to come by so far, with her four scores in the Six Nations so far making her joint top scorer along with France's Cyrielle Banet.
However, crossing the whitewash is not the be all and end all to the back.
"It’s always good to get a try obviously and it gives me confidence - it doesn’t drive me but it is something that is good fun."
One of her four tries was one of the standout scores in the tournament against Wales, when she got the ball inside her own half and waltzed through their defence. So was that her best try ever? “Oh yeah definitely."
“I didn’t expect Nolli to give me the ball as I was thinking I will just cover the back field as there wasn’t long left and then all of a sudden it was in my hand.
“I read little cues and if I see a tiny gap, I always think I might as well see if I can try and get through it, so it was something I knew straight away I had to try."