Chiswick-born Emma was brought up in Twickenham before moving down the road to start a degree at St Mary’s University, studying Strength and Conditioning Sciences. She splits her final year of studies into two to take up a contract with England Sevens.
She captained England U20 to their first ever victory against France in France in March 2018 and played a number of Tyrrells Premier 15s games for season champions Saracens. She recognises U20 Head Coach Jo Yapp and former RFU Women’s Performance Pathway Officer Alex Austerberry for helping build her career to date.
She first picked up a rugby ball to play tag for Richmond borough, winning the London Youth Games aged 11. At Orleans Park school she then played rugby league before taking up union at the age of 16 for local club, Grasshoppers RFC. At this time she switched her full attention to rugby, having been a competitive swimmer up until that age.
Her younger brother Joey plays for London Scottish but it is Emma who now fulfils her to become a professional rugby player. She says: “When I got selected for England U20 that’s when I decided to start focusing on only rugby. Since I was young it has always been the dream to be a full-time athlete.”