Not many people have ridden an ostrich in Curaçao but Lotte Clapp did just that. It is her proudest non-rugby moment and stands alongside her achievements on the field that include a maiden try on her fourth England appearance against Italy earlier last year and winning the Premiership title with Saracens.
She started playing when 11 years old at Sir Frederic Osborn School in Welwyn Garden City, her home town, having attended Watchlytes Primary. Lotte is now studying physical and sport education at St Mary’s University, Twickenham. She was with Welwyn Rugby before joining Saracens and making her debut against Lichfield in October 2014.
Her biggest challenge was to gain the confidence to give rugby a try. She said: “I always wanted to play and watched my brother Geoff turning out for Datchworth four years before I actually started".
Maggie Alphonsi was her rugby idol around the time she first picked up an oval ball and Bob Dawson, a Welwyn coach, made rugby a lot of fun when Lotte was playing at U15 and U18 level. Alex Austerberry, a divisional talent development officer, was also a major help, along with her parents Mick and Debbie. Her path to Test caps featured two appearances in 2015 for England U20 against France and two matches for the England Women National Academy against Canada Women Maple Leafs. She made her World Women’s Sevens Series debut in Las Vegas this March.
Lotte, who lives in Twickenham, regards herself as “determined quiet and easy-going” and reckons that her friends see her as “competitive, a leader and friendly”. She enjoys walking her dogs, watching TV and catching up with friends, while Gone Girl, a thriller novel, is her favourite book. Her top film is A Knight’s Tale and melt- in-the-mouth barbecued ribs are her favourite food.
On the music front, Ed Sheeran, James Bay and Top 40 head her list and her sporting pastimes extend to squash. She said: “I also love the Olympics and Wimbledon.”
5 points – 1T
2015 F, I 2016 S, It, I, W, F, C, F(R), USA
Last updated: 6 March 2017