The potential of Catherine O'Donnell was spotted at the age of 18 when she represented England U20s while playing for Firwood Waterloo.
Her first experience of rugby was actually in rugby league, when she went down to local club Maryport ARLFC while she has also spent time at Keswick, Vale of Lune.
She then played for the University of Liverpool while she was studying, where she was named their athlete of the year for the 2015/16 season.
Catherine now combines playing for Loughborough Lightning with studying for a Masters degree in Business Psychology at Loughborough University, where her performances earned her a first England cap against Canada in November 2017.
Her first experience of the Women's Six Nations came in February 2018 when she was a second-row replacement for the Red Roses against Scotland and Ireland.
2017 – C, C(R) 2018 S(R), I(R)
Last updated: 2 April 2018