Tamara Taylor’s brother had no idea what he was starting when he inspired her to take up the game.
In 2018, Tamara’s 14th year in the England squad, the lock earned her 115th cap for her country in the Six Nations clash with France.
She added the RPA Player of the Year to her tally of achievements in 2017, having been part of the 2014 World Cup winning squad and 2015 Premiership Player of the Year.
With her mother, Teresa, captaining the Zambian golf team and her brother being a British U16 Real Tennis champion, a life in sport was inevitable for Exeter-born Tamara.
An RFU Community Coach when not contracted to England Rugby, she has appeared in four Women's Rugby World Cups since first playing at Reading’s Oratory School when 11.
While at Newcastle University, where she gained a BSc (Hons) in Biomedical Sciences, she was chosen to represent Great Britain Students at rugby league.
Tamara has also played for Henley, Novocastrians and Thirsk and when appearing against Wales in February 2017, she became only the third England player to reach the 100-cap landmark - Rochelle Clark is the only woman with more.
She played in every match during the Six Nations Grand Slam win in 2017 and featured in four of the five games at the World Cup later that year.
20 points – 4T.
2005 NZ(R) 2006 W(R), Sp, S, F(R), I RWC - USA, SA, F, C(R), NZ(R) 2007 S, It, I, F, W, USA 2008 W, It, F, S, I, Sw(R), I, W, USA, USA(R), C, C 2009 NZ(1R,2R) 2010 W(R), It, I, S, F RWC - I(R), Kaz, USA, A, NZ 2011 USA, SA(R), C, C, F, NZ(1,2,3) 2012 It, W, F, I, Sp, It, F, F(R), NZ(1,2,3) 2013 S, I, F, W(R), NZ(1,2R,3), F, C 2014 F, I(R), W, It RWC - Sam, Sp(R), C, I, C 2015 W, It, I, S, F, USA(R), NZ, C, F, I 2016 I(R), W, F, C, F, USA, F, I, NZ, C 2017 F, W, It, S, I, A, NZ, C(R), C RWC - I, USA, F, NZ 2018 It, W, S, F
Last updated: 2 April 2018