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Rachel Burford

Rachel Burford

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One of England’s most famous female rugby players, Rachel Burford has represented her country on over 80 occasions, competing in four Rugby World Cups and helping be a trailblazer for the women’s game. Still one of her country’s most talented players, she also works as one of the most inspiring rugby after-dinner speakers in the business, sharing with audiences her journey into the sport and how she’s coped with sexism and broke down boundaries along the way.

Born into a rugby-mad family, when she was just six years old Rachel picked up a rugby ball for the first time. Luckily for her, she had female role models within the sport in the form of her mother Renata and sister Louise who both played rugby at a high level, and they helped her during her early career.

It became obvious pretty early on that rugby was something Rachel was keen to pursue, and she spent a decade playing for amateur side Medway – including one year alongside her mother and sister. As one of the most popular rugby speakers on the circuit, she can discuss what this early career was like and how she overcame many challenges to play the sport she loved.

In the domestic game, she has also played for Thurrock T-Birds, Aylesford Bulls and Harlequins but it was on the international stage where she has really made an impact. In 2006 she made her England debut and hasn’t looked back. To date, she has played in four World Cups, and in 2014 was named England’s Player of the Year. On the pitch, successes have also seen her be part of two squads for the Sevens World Cup and win the 2019 Six Nations Grand Slam. A hugely captivating rugby speaker, at all of her events Rachel can discuss these experiences at length, highlighting what it was like to be a part of such incredible moments.

Her passion for the sport has also been acknowledged off the pitch. In 2016 she became the first female player on the RPA Players’ board and joined the World Rugby Women’s Advisory Committee. In this role, she can help influence the sport in a positive way and raise the profile of the women’s game.

There’s no shying away from the fact that rugby very much remains a male-dominated sport. This has brought its own adversity over the years, and as one of the most remarkable rugby speakers around Rachel can discuss how it impacted her and how she dealt with these negative experiences.

Hugely charismatic, rousing and above all likeable, Rachel Burford can enhance any event she attends. To find out more, get in touch with Evolve today.

Topics and Themes

  • Equality
  • Rugby
  • Leadership
  • Sporting Success
  • Motivational

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