As a back row forward there are few better players to model your game on than Maggie Alphonsi and that’s exactly what Tabitha Copson has done.
The Leicestershire-born player names Alphonsi and Jonny Wilkinson as her heroes having made her way through the ranks at Hartpury College and into England reckoning.
Copson began her rugby journey when her mother, Yvonne, set up and coached a non-contact girls team with her father, Darren, encouraging her throughout.
The back-rower developed her game at Market Harborough and was soon progressed to captaining Leicestershire and the Midlands at U15 and U18 level.
Copson was named Market Harborough Sports Woman of the Year award winner in 2016, something she states is one of her proudest moments to date.
Since then, Copson has moved to Gloucestershire to study for her Level 3 Extended Diploma at Hartpury College and has also signed for Tyrrells Premier 15s side Gloucester-Hartpury Women RFC.
The young forward describes herself as determined, caring and loyal, and, off the pitch, likes travelling to Cornwall when she’s not enjoying her mum’s homemade lasagna.
Copson enjoys watching three-day eventing and the Olympics when they’re on TV with horse riding and tennis the sports she uses to switch off from rugby.