England Women’s Rugby Captain Claire Purdy coaching at Abbey RFC
Written by: drobs
England Women’s Captain Claire Purdy is running a coaching session at Abbey on Mon September 2nd for Abbey Ladies. Come along – watch and learn. All welcome.
Claire Purdy has captained Enlgand in a 46-8 win over South Africa in the Nations Cup match at Appleby College Ontario in early August 2011. History repeated its-self two years later when she led the side to an 18-17 victory over the same opponents in the same competition at Denver.
She had emerged swiftly through the England Students, Academy and A team structures and has captained the A side in addition to Wasps, her only club, where she was players’ player of the year in 2007, 2009 and 2011.
Claire toured South Africa with the England Development squad in 2003 and played for the full England party in Canada in the Nations Cup – something she would not have imagined when studying at Southcote Middle School, Ash Manor Secondary School and Farnham Sixth Form College.
Just like many of her England squad mates, Claire regards the 10-3 win over New Zealand at Twickenham in November 2009 as one of her career highlights so far, along with the 2010 World Cup final at Twickenham Stoop and being vice captain in a pool match against Kazakhstan.
Claire’s proudest qualities include her versatility. She said: “I gained my first cap in 2005 as a hooker and have since earned others at loose head and tight head prop, becoming the first England Women’s player to do so.”