Bryony, twin sister of England team mate Poppy, was offered an EPS agreement after catching the eye at club Saracens where she was awarded the club’s Supporters’ Player of the Year award for the 2017/18 season whilst winning the inaugural Tyrrells Premier 15s title.
Both Clealls started playing at an after-school club at the age of six and Bryony went on to Ellingham & Ringwood RFC with brief spells at Salisbury and Bristol Bears.
Norwich-born Bryony attended Burgate School and Sixth Form Centre in Hampshire, studied Geography and Sport and Exercise Science at Loughborough University before gaining a PGCE in Physical Education at Exeter University. She also has a MSc in Educational research.
Injury has curbed much of her playing career to date, with four knee operations keeping her away from the game for five years. Off the field, Bryony is Director of Rugby at Harris City Academy Crystal Palace and created the first girls state school rugby academy, run in partnership with Saracens, as well as managing the boys rugby academy which runs in partnership with London Irish.
She made her England debut against Ireland in the 2019 Women;s Six Nations when she came on as a replacement and scored a try in Donnybrook in a 51-7 victory.
Recognising the support her parents Peter and Mandie provided growing up, she says: “Dad was an integral part of our rugby careers by organising local players, sorting lifts, and was without doubt at every game supporting. He still sponsors my boots every year! Mum kept us fuelled with hot roasts on cold Sundays and coming to support.”
5 points – 1T
2019 – I(R)
Last updated: 15 May 2019