Presenter Laura Woods reveals she used to play rugby union in unexpected position - Ruck

Presenter Laura Woods reveals she used to play rugby union in unexpected position

Former TalkSport breakfast presenter Laura Woods has revealed that she used to play rugby union while at school when speaking on her show last year.

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“Not many know this but I actually played rugby while at school,” said Woods.

“I actually played the same position as Jamie (hooker), but got beaten up and injured too much for my liking.”

Her split from rugby star:

Woods frequently appears on our TV screens as a sports presenter working for the likes of Sky Sports and ITV Football, as well as on our radio waves for talkSPORT, so it may come as a surprise to realise the star isn’t very vocal about her personal side.

It appears that she doesn’t have a partner in 2022, and is currently single. 

Woods, who presents the morning show one TalkSPORT, was previously in a relationship with England international Alex Corbisiero. 

However, their romance came to an end after eight years and Laura revealed the break-up was her choice. 

Speaking to The Sun, she explained: ‘It was my decision – it was the right one and I’ve never regretted it.

“We’d lived in each other’s pockets and breaking up with him felt like coming up for air.

“The next thing for us was probably marriage and having kids. And I do want that one day – I love being in love and I love kids.”

She added: “I’ve prioritised work because I love that too and my ambitions are important to 

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Duhan van der Merwe of Scotland Rugby goes over for a try and celebrates during the Six Nations Rugby match between Wales and Scotland at Principality Stadium on February 3, 2024 in Cardiff, Wales. Photo: Phil Mingo/PPAUK

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#15. Will Jordan (New Zealand)

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#14. Tadhg Beirne (Ireland)

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