Rowena Burnfield juggles her rugby career with a full-time job as an organic dairy farmer but, as is so often the case, the cream always rises to the top.
Having not featured for England for two years, the second-rower returned to the fold in November 2017 for the Red Roses’ 3-0 whitewash of Canada in the Old Mutual Wealth Series before making the squad for the 2018 Women’s Six Nations.
Rowena, who captains Richmond in the Tyrrells Premier 15s, was educated at Test Valley School and Peter Symonds College in Winchester, the same school as England men’s international Mike Brown.
At the latter, she once took to the field at the same time as her triplet sisters Daisy and Mary, a lance bombardier in the Royal Artillery and former event rider respectively.
Growing up, Rowena and her siblings would fashion goals or posts out of hay bales or jumpers.
Born in Medway, her first England cap arrived against Ireland in 2008, with Rowena having represented her country at U19 and U20 level.
She equates the instincts that enable her to effectively carry out her duties on the farm with those needed to succeed on the rugby pitch,
40 points – 8T
2008 I(R), W(R) 2011 W(R), It, F(R), S(R), I(R), USA(R), SA, C, C, F, NZ(1, 2(R), 3(R) 2012 S, It, W, F, I, Sp(R), It, F(1,2), NZ(1,2(R),3) 2013 I, F(R), It(R), C, USA, C, C 2015 W, S, F(R), USA, NZ (R), C 2017 C C 2018 It(R), W(R), S, F(R), I
Last updated: 11 April 2018.