With the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup still fresh in her memory, England lock Abbie Scott speaks about how she started playing touch Rugby at age 10 and progressed through all the formats, which developed her game in different ways, but only recently did playing the sport professionally become an option.
Abbie made her international debut for England in 2015, however the following year she picked up a knee injury, which kept her sidelined for 15 months. She discusses how this threw a spanner into the works with her development, but she kept a positive outlook throughout her rehab to make sure she would be available for World Cup selection. It was a brilliant tournament for England in August, where they reached the final, but lost to rivals New Zealand. Abbie says the heartache of missing out on being crowned champions for a second time in a row still lingers, but she has already set her sights on the next World Cup in four years’ time.
On a personal note, Abbie is feeling excited about having recently signed with Harlequins and is looking forward to the opportunities it will provide on and off of the field. Abbie experienced the life of being a contracted professional Rugby player this year, but with her deal having ended she admits that there will be challenges, however her dedication to training and playing will not waiver.
Abbie talks about the importance of looking at a career now that will compliment her playing Rugby at the same time, as Women players don’t have the same luxury the professional men have, who mostly focus on a career for after retirement. Having already obtained degrees in History and Politics, as well as an MSC in Sports Coaching from Northumbria University, Abbie says she plans on taking more courses, while at the same time looking to gain work experience. Even through juggling between studying, work and Rugby is a challenge, Abbie welcomes it and the assistance made available through the Rugby Players Association.
Women’s Rugby is on the rise according to Abbie, based on what she had experienced firsthand while playing for England at the World Cup, but says there needs to be more coverage to give it that extra boost. Abbie also mentions that communication, teamwork and reliance are the key skills that she has acquired through Rugby and will be put to good use in a career once she retires in the many years to come.
“A lot of the men’s players talk about life after rugby, but for us it is also a case of life in between rugby, so trying to look at a career and what you can do alongside rugby which will compliment it and also will build up your CV and your career for when you stop playing.” – Abbie Scott (England Women’s Lock)