Who Is Sarah Hunter, Captain Of The Red Roses?

England has dominated the rugby pitch in recent years, with the men's team reaching the 2019 Japan Rugby World Cup. But, did you know that the women's team, The Red Roses, are just as successful?

Having reached the final in the last five Rugby World Cups, the England women's rugby team are hot on the heels of New Zealand, who are hosting the 2021 Rugby World Cup. It has been five years since their last World Cup victory, at the 2014 France Rugby World Cup, during which Sarah Hunter was a member of the squad.

But who is Sarah Hunter?

The current captain of the England Women's Rugby Team, she has had a truly influential career as a Rugby Union player. Sarah is leading the way for future female rugby legends, as one of the most inspiring role models in 21st-century sport.


Rugby Career

Senior Career

The Lichfield Ladies (2004 to 2015) Bristol Ladies (2015 to 2017) Loughborough Lightning (2017 onwards)

National Career

England Rugby Team (2007 onwards)


Early Life

Sarah started playing rugby at an early age, falling in love with the sport. From the age of 9, she played for the Longbenton and Gateshead Panthers while studying at Goathland Primary School. This experience sparked her love for the fast-paced, hard-hitting game, which shaped her into the player she is today.


Rugby Union

Leaving the Rugby League, Sarah went on to prosper in the Rugby Union. Starting aged 15, she began playing for the Lichfield Ladies in 2004. With the team, Sarah established herself as a trailblazer in the sport, paving the way for female players. An advocate for female empowerment in rugby, playing for the Lichfield Ladies allowed Sarah to succeed within the sport, which later led to her role as Captain of England.

Sarah later moved to Loughborough Lightning, one of the most successful teams in the East Midlands. She moved up the ranks of the team, to eventually be titled assistant and player-coach. Other notable clubs include the Bristol Ladies, which Sarah spent two years playing for. These roles built Sarah's skills in high-performance teams and leadership.


International Career

Armed with a foundation of skills and knowledge from her Rugby Union career, Sarah went from strength to strength at an international level. Playing on a global scale, she truly established herself as one of the finest England players on the pitch.

Sarah boasts over 100 caps, a testament to her rugby prowess. While playing as a Loose Forward, she dominated the pitch and adapted to challenges on the fly. Sarah established herself as one of the Red Rose's key players, so it is no surprise that she captained the team to success at the 2017 Grand Slam. As the England Women's Rugby Team captain, Sarah is the driving force behind the team - which has recently resulted in their first victory against France in seven years.


Sarah's Achievements

Sarah has scored over 100 points for England, making her one of the team's most talented players. In celebration of her success, she was appointed MBE for her services to sport in 2015, followed by the World Rugby’s Player of the Year award in 2016.


Book Sarah Hunter

Reading Sarah's story is one thing, hearing it first hand is a truly inspiring experience. Having captained more than one team to success, her knowledge of high-performance teams is invaluable for corporate audiences wishing to improve their workplace culture.

To book rugby speaker, Sarah Hunter, for your corporate event, function or conference ahead of the 2021 New Zealand World Cup, simply contact the Champions Rugby Speakers agency by filling in our online contact form. Alternatively, call a booking agent directly on 0207 1010 553.