Watching rugby on TV inspired Lark Davies to take up the game aged 10 at Orleton Primary School in Shropshire before she moved on to Wigmore High School, Ludlow College and the University of Worcester.
At university she obtained a degree in primary education with qualified teacher status before becoming a teaching assistant at Carnforth Primary School in Worcester. She is now a full-time rugby player, having been awarded an England contract in January 2019.
Her rugby education included playing for Luctonians and the Worcester U15 team which led to appearances for Worcester Valkyries and her university’s first XV.
Her international breakthrough came for the England U20 side, for which she made eight appearances, including four against France.
She also became captain of the Worcester Valkyries for the inaugural Tyrrells Premier 15s season in September 2017.
Lark made her first start for England Women against Italy Women at the start of the 2018 Women’s Six Nations, her 10th cap overall. She then scored twice in England’s 27-19 victory over Canada at Doncaster’s Castle Park in November 2018.
Lark’s mentors have been Peter Williams, a coach at Greyhounds RFC and for the Worcester U18 team while her dad Matthew, who used to play at the University of Worcester, and mum Ruth are highly supportive.
Lark said: “My sporting idol is my sister. She was a competitive swimmer who used to get up at 3.30 in the morning to train while she was still at school.”
10 points – 2T
2015 USA(R) 2016 C(R), USA(R) 2017 C(R), C(R), C(R) 2018 It, W(R), S(R), F(R), I(R), USA, C, I(R)
Last updated: 7 January 2019