Rugby mad would sum up the Dow family.
Red Roses back Abby has added to the exploits of her brother Chris, a Maidenhead player until injury curtailed his career, and sister Ruth, who appeared for Maidenhead, Reading, Wasps and England Women.
There’s more - Abby’s father Paul was her coach when she was a mini at Maidenhead, where she started at the age of five.
Abby recalled: “My dad would sit and read book after book about rugby so that he would always have something new to try and teach me.
“After my first game for the England U20 side I realised how much I wanted to play and train at that level.”
Abby made her England debut in the 2017 Old Mutual Wealth Series against Canada, where she showed an art for finishing, scoring five tries in her first two appearances.
There were three more starts, and three more tries, for Abby during the 2018 Women’s Six Nations as she helped the Red Roses to a second-place finish in the table.
Born in Slough, Abby studies mechanical engineering at Imperial College London having attended White Waltham Primary School, Newlands Girls’ School and Reading Blue Coat School.
She made her debut for Wasps against Henley Hawks, drawing inspiration from her favourite players Josh Lewsey and Maggie Alphonsi.
Multiple coaches have helped Abby along the way: “Most of my development has come from Jo Yapp (England Women U20 head coach). She is a massive fountain of knowledge and has helped me to improve dramatically.”
Earlier mentors were Seth Lawrence, Steve Prince and Allan Greene at Maidenhead - and Malcolm Darvell, David Edwards and Nicola Brooks at Reading.
Abby also enjoys swimming, watching tennis, dog walking and indie music - her favourite film is The Shawshank Redemption and she loves the Great British Bake Off on TV, reading Harry Potter books and eating lasagne
40 points – 8T.
2017 C, C 2018 It, W, F
Last updated: 2 April 2018