Jo scored three tries in her six appearances for Team GB in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Originally, she played rugby league when six but three years later took up the union game with Widnes where she was educated at Wade Deacon High School. That was followed by spells with Waterloo, Thirsk, Darlington Mowden Park Sharks, Worcester and now Richmond.
She is England’s record try-scorer with 57 in the history of the World Sevens Series and all her first eight tries in the 2015/16 tournament came against different countries – Australia, Canada, Japan, France, USA, Fiji, Colombia and Russia. She went on to run in four tries in the closing stages of the Langford event. Two were in the 29-7 quarter-final win over the United States, another in the semi-final against Australia and one of England’s five in the 31-14 victory over New Zealand in the final. Jo has also scored ten tries in the opening four rounds of this season’s World Sevens Series and has amassed 58 tries in 15 events overall.
Chester-born Jo has also represented England at U18 and U19 levels as well as playing in the Rugby World Cup in 2013 in sevens. The abbreviated game holds her fondest memory as she scored two tries when sharing in the Hong Kong triumph in 2012. Jo, who also studied at Leeds Metropolitan University, said: “It was probably the hardest but most enjoyable game I have played in.” Her favourite start to the day is corn fritters, poached eggs and avocado on a plate.
15 points – 3T
2012 F(R), NZ(1R,2,3)
Last updated: 26 April 2017