|Weight||84kg (13st 3lb)|
As a relative newcomer to the England Elite squad, Harriet Millar-Mills has much to anticipate. She studied Sports Technology at Loughborough University, having been previously educated at Hursthead Primary in Cheadle Hulme, Bramhall High School and Wilmslow Sixth Form College.
Her first experience of senior international rugby was in the uncapped match against France in Marseille in November 2011. She moved to lock from Number 8, a position in which she had captained England U20.
Three days later, Stockport-born Harriet was among five new caps when England lost 16-15 to France at Châteaurenaud. She played off the bench for Rowena Burnfield and made her first Test start when her side overpowered Scotland by scoring 47 points without reply in the opening Six Nations Championship match in February 2012.
Last May, she shared in the opening victory by 61-0 over Spain in the FIRA-AER European Cup, was a try-scorer when also starting the second match in which Italy were beaten 32-8 in Rovereto, Italy and helped the side to beat France 29-25 in the final. Her most recent England Sevens experience was playing in the 2012 IRB Women’s World Series tournament in Dubai where she started matches against Brazil, Spain, New Zealand and the Netherlands and played off the bench in the other two games.
Harriet’s rise to national recognition stems from her days with Manchester, followed by Chester (2004-2006), Sandbach (2006-2007) and Lichfield, a club she joined in September 2009. She made nine appearances for England U20, having captained the North West U18 side and in February this year played in the Six Nations Championship against her sister Bridget, who was in the Scotland side at Esher. Harriet figured off the bench in the first three games in the 2013 tournament and started the final two that brought victories over Italy and Wales.
She began playing at full back and wing, switched to centre and now figures in the back row. Harriet continued: “Initially, my most memorable match was my England U20 debut in France. It was all the more exciting because I had not previously played in front of such a large crowd. My very first game - for Manchester U10 against Macclesfield was also special. Treading the Twickenham turf when we beat Wales 33-0 in February last year has since become my career highlight.”
Harriet’s favourite players past and present are back row forwards Lawrence Dallaglio, Imanol Harinordoquy and Kieran Read, her top grounds are Twickenham and Old Trafford and beyond the touchline, she enjoys skiing, sailing and wakeboarding.
Last updated: March 19, 2013