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Player Profile: Chelsea Cooper

How did you get into rugby?

I started rugby in my first year, I saw the girls at the Fresher’s fair and thought I would give it a go. I was never very sporty at school but I liked to keep fit, so I thought I would try something different.  I also thought it would be a great way to meet another group of people in my first few weeks at Sussex.


What is your most memorable moment in rugby?

Last year, in my second year, I was asked to captain the first ever 2XV for Sussex women’s rugby. It was a great opportunity for me to captain a team, on top of this the fact that we had enough girls involved in rugby to be able to field two teams each week was a great achievement as a club and fantastic for women’s rugby in general.


As a woman, what do you feel like you get from rugby?

There is not a single difference between the men’s and women’s game showing that every women can do anything a man can do. Rugby is a game of resilience and strength, you put your body on the line for your team. As a team we all train so hard to achieve our best for each other and to prove to ourselves that we can achieve anything we set our mind to.


What would you say to a women who was thinking about joining rugby?

I would tell them to go for it! Rugby is a sport for everyone, it’s a great way to keep fit and it gives you one of the best groups of friends at Uni that you could ask for. At Sussex especially, we are given so many opportunities on and off the pitch it really adds to your university experience as a whole. It is definitely the best decision I’ve made during my three years here!

This week is "This Sussex Girl Can Week" where we are celebrating women in sports with a number of different events and activities on campus. To find out more, visit the Sussexsport website.


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