Meet The Team: Claire Smith – Hooker

26
Jun
Category: Women

Meet The Team: Claire Smith – Hooker

“I always said I will play for Rovers.”

Smith like many of our women players has followed and supported Hull KR since she was a small child. Her father and family members took her to watch the games and she fell in love with the Red and Whites. Smith has been at the forefront of the current pandemic; she is a learning disability nurse working with the vulnerable and children in hospitals. She is married and a mother of two after a long break from rugby she laced up again for Rovers.

“I started to play rugby as a young girl, I’ve played for Skirlaugh Bulletees, Minehead and East Hull. Like most girls when I turned 12, I was no longer allowed to play with the boys and I gave it up at 13, something that upset me deeply.

“I love the game; I watch and learn a lot from the men’s team. I always said to my family that one day I will play for Rovers I dreamed of walking out on Hull College Craven Park and scoring a try. They knew I missed playing, so when we saw an advertisement on Facebook that Hull KR were started an open age team I jumped at the chance.

“I was so excited I went out and bought a pair of rugby boots for the trials. I’m not ignorant to my age and realise that I don’t have much time left on the pitch, its different for women we only train twice a week at amateur level I’m sure the Super League women train more regularly, but saying that our bodies tend to last a bit longer than the men’s do.

“We have a few mature players in our team, although they’re older, some are the fittest on the team. I don’t think age is a problem as long as you keep on top of your fitness and buy into the narrative that training is imperative.

“My dream came true last season with an added extra at the beginning of the 2020 season. I was selected for the 1st team, I walked out on the pitch with my children, I scored my first try for the Red and Whites. Something that I am extremely honoured and overwhelmed to have been given, was the opportunity to co-captain my home team with Sara Lynes.”

 

 

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