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Coaching Laid Bare with Rachel Lund

Bird and LJ caught with Rachel Lund, former England international and now a Gloucester-Hartpury player who is studying to become a physio.

They asked her about the following:

  • Her journey from minis player to premiership.
  • Combining and juggling her commitments as an international and club player whilst studying full time for a degree.
  • Whether she would have changed to a full-time contract if she had been offered it.
  • The importance of having many career options.
  • Her current degree in physiotherapy.
  • How her degree combines with her sport.

Rachel began playing for Malton & Norton RUFC in North Yorkshire when she was 6 years old.

In 2013 she began studying Sports Therapy at the University of Worcester and began playing for Worcester Ladies in the Premiership.

In the 2014-15 season, she played for the England U20s at full back. Later that year she was capped by England Seniors whilst on tour in Canada in 2015 and was an EPS player for the 2015-16 season.

Following her studies she began a full time Academy Sports Therapy role at Hartpury College, and in this role, moved from Worcester Ladies to sign for Gloucester-Hartpury in 2017.

She has recently begun a masters in Physiotherapy and plans to play alongside her degree at Gloucester-Hartpury.

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