Abbie’s first taste of playing rugby was touch at the age of 10, before progressing through the age groups.
She was a member of the England squad that won the U20 Nations Cup in 2011 and spent the summer of 2014 playing in Canada for Strathcona Druids.
Dumfries-born Abbie, who has spent time as a university rugby coach, was educated at Keswick School, Sedbergh and Northumbria University where she obtained a BA in History and Politics and an MSc in Sports Coaching.
Abbie became the first former Sedbergh School girl to represent England in a senior national sporting team and scored a try in her first start, against Italy in 2015.
She was a key figure in England’s 2016 Women’s Six Nations team, but picked up an injury that would keep her out of rugby for 15 months.
She returned to international rugby with tries in consecutive matches against Australia and Canada in the 2017 International Women's Rugby Series in New Zealand.
Abbie was then a key member of the squad at the 2017 Women's Rugby World Cup, starting in the final against New Zealand. The Harlequins second row played in all five England games at the 2018 Women’s Six Nations.
In the 2018 Quilter Internationals she earned her first captaincy, leading England out for their 57-5 win over USA, scoring one of England’s eight tries before scoring again in the second Test, this time against Canada.
She was one of the 28 players to have received a full-time contract in 2019, and later that year helped England win the Women’s Six Nations Grand Slam, scoring tries against Wales and Italy.
50 points – 10T.
2015 W(R), It, I, S(R), F, USA, NZ, C(R), F, I 2016 S, It, I, W 2017 A,C, NZ, C, C(R), C RWC - S, USA. F, NZ 2018 It, W, S, F, I, USA, C, I 2019 – F, W, It, S
Last updated: 15 May 2019