RIS­ING STARS EL­LiE 1 GREEN

Rugby World - - FRONT ROW - In­ter­views Sarah Mock­ford & Gavin Mor­timer // Pic­tures Getty Im­ages

ow did you get in­volved in rugby? I have an older brother and sis­ter, and they played from a very young age, and my dad was coach, so it was a rite of pas­sage for me. I started at Sut­ton & Ep­som. Have you al­ways been a ten? I started in the for­wards as a sec­ond-row and No 8 when I played mixed rugby. Then when I got into U13 girls, I re­alised I could kick quite well so I moved to fly-half.

I had to move to Bec­ce­hami­ans as that was the near­est girls’ set-up that had a full team and played reg­u­lar matches. Did you play other sports? I played hockey at school and for Sur­rey U15. It was a toss-up be­tween hockey and rugby, but I re­alised rugby was the best sport for me. I like the fam­ily feel of rugby and when you’re on the pitch you have to rely on other peo­ple. Who were your child­hood he­roes? When I was 13 I went to the (Women’s) World Cup fi­nal in France and watch­ing Eng­land win I thought, ‘This is where I want to be in ten years’.

It’s great to play with some of those play­ers and against some of them now in the Pre­mier 15s. When did you link up with Har­lequins? I’d done a few camps when I was younger and I was reg­is­tered af­ter my 17th birth­day (you have to be at least 17 to play in

Hthe Pre­mier 15s). I played my first game off the bench at Dar­ling­ton Mow­den Park in Fe­bru­ary. The first cou­ple of tack­les were a bit of a shock to the sys­tem!

How did you find tour­ing with Eng­land U20 this sum­mer? It was an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, es­pe­cially be­ing so young in that en­vi­ron­ment. We had a buddy sys­tem and Zoe Har­ri­son taught me so much. She’s been through the U20 set-up and is now a proper Red Rose, so it was re­ally help­ful.

Who’s been the big­gest in­flu­ence on your ca­reer? I’d say my dad and my brother. My dad, Gra­ham, from a coach­ing per­spec­tive and my brother, Harry, who had to quit rugby through ill­ness and is very in­spi­ra­tional to me. What are your goals for this sea­son? To keep play­ing in the Pre­mier 15s and push­ing for­ward with my devel­op­ment. I’m still young and have so much more to ex­pe­ri­ence, in U20s and Pre­mier 15s, so I want to learn off ev­ery­one.

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Quins’ men’s and women’s teams are both favour­ing teenage fly-halves, and Green, who is study­ing for A Lev­els in maths, bi­ol­ogy and PE, will ben­e­fit long term from boss­ing around in­ter­na­tion­als each week­end.

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