After helping England to win the 2014 World Cup in the 15-a-side format – she came off the bench for the final ten minutes of the final in which Canada were beaten 21-9 – Claire Allan earned a full-time sevens contract.
To fulfil this commitment, she took a career break from her previous working life as a police officer with the Met in the Acton Proactive Robbery Squad.
Claire had already played in four of the five tournaments in the 2015/16 Sevens World Series and one of her two tries was in the semi-final against New Zealand in Atlanta.
She went on to represent Team GB at the Rio 2016 Olympics, and after a long-term injury she was again a part of the full-time sevens squad for 2017/18.
She returned to XVs action after a 16-month gap in the 10-5 win over France in the Old Mutual Wealth Series at Twickenham Stoop in 2016.
And Claire scored the last try of that series, diving over in the corner as England beat Canada 39-6 at Twickenham, before injury ruled her out of the Women’s Rugby World Cup in 2017.
Once back fit, Claire played in three of the five tournaments in the 2017/18 HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series (Dubai, Kitakyushu and Paris) to earn selection for the Rugby World Cup Sevens.
This will be both Claire and Heather Fisher’s third consecutive Rugby World Cup Sevens.
Claire began playing rugby with Richmond at the age of 14 and before returning there in 2009, she represented Clifton, Wasps, Worcester and Saracens.
Initially educated at St Stephen’s Junior School and Orleans Park Secondary School, both in Twickenham, she gained a BTEC in Sport and Exercise at Loughborough University.
75 points – 15T.
2007 S, It, I, F, W, USA 2008 W, It, F, S(R), I 2009 F, SA, C(R), NZ(1,2) 2010 W, It, I, F(R) 2011 USA(R), SA, C, C 2012 F(1,2), 2014 S, RWC - Sp, C, I(R), C(R) 2015 C 2016 F, I, NZ(R), C(R).
Last updated: 10 July 2018