Yeovil-born Marlie Packer left her West Country roots in 2013 to play for Wasps before returning to Bristol and is now playing at Saracens.
The flanker figured in the Sevens World Cup in Moscow in 2013 and started in the 2014 and 2017 World Cup Finals in the XV-a-side code.
She began her rugby career as a five-year-old with Ivel Barbarians, where she spent 13 years. Marlie then moved to Bath before joining Bristol in 2009.
Schooled at Birchfield, Buckler’s Mead and Yeovil College, she worked as a plumbing & heating engineer for Homeserve in South West London before gaining a full-time England contract in 2014.
Still a fully qualified plumber and gas engineer, Marlie has grown in influence in the XV-a-side game.
The openside played in every Six Nations game in 2017 and her outstanding defence in the final game against Ireland enabled England to retain a 5-0 half-time lead which turned into a 34-7 victory and Grand Slam.
In 2018 the flanker picked up where she left off, appearing in all five games for the Red Roses during the Six Nations and this time showcasing her attacking abilities with two tries.
80 points – 16T
2008 Sw 2011 SA, C, C(R), F, NZ(1(R),2,3(R) 2012 S, It, W, F, I, Sp, F, NZ(1, 2(R), 3) 2013 NZ(1,2,3), F, C 2014 F, S, I(R), W, It(R) RWC - Sam(R), Sp, I(R), C 2015 USA, NZ, F, I, 2016 F, I, NZ, C(R) 2017 F, W, It, S, I, C, NZ, C, C, C RWC - I, USA, F, NZ 2018 It, W, S(R), F, I
Last updated: 2 April 2018