A whirlwind year brought Abbie Brown into prominence in 2015.
She made her full England debut against Wales in the Six Nations before playing for England Sevens in the Rugby Europe Grand Prix Series and being centrally contracted.
She has also been part of the England U20 XVs squad having followed her brother into the sport, picking up the ball when only six at Cullompton RFC.
She said: “My proudest club rugby moment was when I played for Cullompton and we won our first match. We really struggled to put out a regular team so this was a real achievement.”
Since then, she has been with Exeter, Saracens, Worcester, Hartpury College and Bristol.
Abbie was chosen in the 12-strong British Women’s Sevens squad for two invitational tournaments in March 2016 in Las Vegas and Vancouver as part of the preparations for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Five months later, she scored two tries in the historic event as Team GB finished fourth.
At the age of 20, she captained England in the first four events in the 2016/17 season’s World Rugby Sevens Series in Dubai, Sydney, Las Vegas and Kitakyushu.
Abbie was a try-scorer on her World Series debut in the 38-5 win over Japan in 2015 and was again centrally contracted to the England Sevens programme for the 2017/18 season.
In the 2017/18 season, Abbie captained England in four of the five HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series events, having been injured for the opening competition, to earn selection for the Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco.
Exeter-born Abbie also played basketball and netball at South West level and won a strength and conditioning award while at Hartpury, where she studied for a BTEC in Sporting and Excellence in Rugby.
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Last updated: 10 July 2018