Women’s Rugby stars strip down to promote body confidence

Talking to Women’s Health for its special edition Naked issue, five of the players discussed their different body shapes and how they help them to achieve their sporting goals.

Included in the article is Heather Fisher, Amy Wilson-Hardy, Michaela Staniford, Danielle Waterman and Claire Allan.

The full interview with the women’s rugby team will appeared in Women’s Health magazine from September 2016.


Michaela Staniford, winger:

“The ‘rugby girl’ stereotype doesn’t really exist. At 5’8” and just over 11st, I’m quite light – perfect for being lifted to catch the ball. But I struggle to maintain protective muscle mass. Every three hours I eat protein, as well as fruit and veg. I have to be disciplined, but when I retire it’s going to be brunch and cocktails!”


Danielle Waterman, fullback:

“I’ll always remember trying on my prom dress and being upset at how broad and muscular I was. It was my brother who pointed out that my build was the very thing that would help me achieve my dreams of playing pro rugby for England. It changed my mindset and I hold on to it still. My body is how it is – 5ft 8in and powerful. For good reason.”


Claire Allan, centre:

“Before I turned professional, I was a policewoman – chasing suspects turned out to be good practice for the field. I’m naturally slim, and my coaches wanted me to put on weight when I started. Now I lift weights and am much stronger, and more powerful – I’m one stone heavier now at 10st, and I love my calves. Working out helps me mentally too; I’m so ready to get back to it after rest days.”


LIST | 16 Inspiring Female Rugby Players to Follow on Instagram

Some of the most inspirational women around are a click away. Female rugby players from all around the world are all included in this brilliant list of exceptional athletes.

1. Vicky Fleetwood

The England hooker kicks off our list, although her abs are not what you’d traditionally expect from a front-rower. Her tips and tricks in the gym combined with her snaps from inside the England camp make her well worth the follow.


2. Ellie Boatman 

Richmond winger Ellie has transformed her body and will help you do the same. From meal ideas to workout tips, she has everything covered. Ellie also happens to have the most impressive collection of gymwear in the history of gymwear, bringing her Instagram game to a new level.

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Hi this is me looking rather muddy playing the sport I love👋🏻 – Cannot wait to be back on the pitch this weekend it has felt like a very long time since I last played.. and then I will be having another break as I travel to South Africa on Sunday! – This morning I overheard a conversation that made me realise a lot of people still believe the only way to exercise for health or for aesthetics is to go to the gym – The gym is a great place for achieving goals but it’s not everyone’s favourite place, it’s not where you have to go to exercise. I enjoy a mix of strength training and sport.. I love the way rugby makes me feel and I know for many people their sport makes them feel the same – Maybe in 2020 try a 5 a side football game or some swimming.. you’ll be shocked how quickly an hour of exercise goes and how much you may enjoy it🤗 – – – #fitnessmotivation #positivity #motivation #fitness #gym #sport #exercise #health #athlete #womeninsport #justdoit #igfitness #fitspo

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Today’s tough session! – The reason I am training quite hard at the moment is because over the next 2 months I’m travelling to three different countries for work and also my own holiday! Next weekend I will be going to South Africa for 10 days in the middle of my season which is not ideal. – I am going to try and document my time away as much as possible to show you that you can train with a sporadic routine, it’s just about planning ahead and working smarter! – Not complaining at all as I’m extremely blessed to be going to South Africa with my work, also working the six nations in France in February and booked myself a week to Bali too in feb.. the focus will be on keeping my conditioning up as I’m not sure where will have a gym and weights! – Time to think outside the box 😁 it’s really important for me to keep fit during my travels as I’m still in the middle of my season but looking forward to the challenge👊🏻 – – – #gym #gymmotivation #athlete #health #happiness #nutrition #healthylifestyle #motivation #fitness #fit #redjanuary #positivity #conditioning #igfitness

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3. Charlotte Caslick

No women’s rugby round-up would be complete without Charlotte Caslick. She’s not only one of the best players in the world, but she’s publicly engaged and hilariously active on social media.

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4. Georgia Page

If you don’t know Georgia, she went viral in a video. This one…

She’s now become a hit on Instagram with over 50k followers and is often keeping us amused with her bubbly attitude and of course, her love of rugby. She also now a qualified Doctor!


5. Angela Elena

This body confident Swiss international has swagger, banter and serious style.

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6. Heather Fisher

One of the most inspiring names in Rugby today, Fisher not only boasts achievements on the pitch as a World Cup winner and an Olympian but off the field too. This involves coping with not only anorexia but the effects of having lost all her hair, from head to toe, to a severe form of the autoimmune disorder Alopecia Areata. It’s an honest account full of inspiration.

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Let me take you back... 2010- my first 15s World Cup - approx 4 weeks before leading into the World Cup I was sat in my car post a gym session , ran my hand thu my hair and my hair fell into my hands . The windows were open it was like a dog had malted in my car... this is how I remember my initial hair loss. I didt know what Alopecia was , I didt know it existed ... over a few weeks when I woke up in the morning the first place I would look was the pillow... I knew my hair was falling out but I never knew why or what to do. ( this is the short version of the story ) but when I lost my hair it finally got shaved off my a couple of my team mates , my S&C coach and coach at the time ... I was so ashamed , embarrassed, I didt feel like I deserved to go out ... sounds stupid to you probably but it’s the truth .. who would ever want or accept me with no hair ... this bald head that took me years to come to terms with ... the only place I had it out was on the pitch. When I was on the pitch no one judged me by my look, it was 4 white lines and a bright white wall of shirts next to me that knew me for me . 10 years on I still struggle but I aim to own it , make it work ... does it get me down of course it does ... most days . I can honestly say my personality changes most days due to feelings towards how it makes me feel but it will never define me as a person . For all the suffers out there .. take control of it , don’t hide ... be proud of who you are with or without your hair . @alopeciauk @lifewalopecia @alopecia_kids . #alopecia #bald #bebrave #bebald #beyou #hair #confidence #courage. 👉🏼https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p07zgb9s

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7. Yylva Schwartz

Schwartz, who is a Sweden international, is an incredible athlete. Hugely talented, the winger will let you join her fitness journey while also sharing snaps from her exciting rugby life, which she puts her heart and soul into.

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Can’t believe 2019 went by so fast and that it’s almost over. One of the most exciting but also challenging years so far. Things didn’t always go as planned but that’s ok too. Forever grateful for the opportunity to put on the 🇸🇪 shirt and see the world together with the girls. Let’s make 2020 a year worth remembering with hard work and lots of joy ⚡️ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #Casall #foreverbetter #swedenrugby7s #passion #tyngre #rugbylove #rugbylife #rugby #svenskrugby #rugbyplayer #likeagirl #womensrugby #rugbygirl #rugbyfitness #teamsweden #girlswithmuscles #lohilo #wellnesstudiokalmar

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8. Emily Scarratt 

She is best known as the player who secured England’s 2014 Women’s World Cup triumph with six minutes left in the game. Her account showcases what she gets up to on and off the pitch.


9. Bianca Farella

Olympic bronze medalist, big legs and the most amazing smile, join the Canada international as she travels the world playing the sport we love.

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10. Richelle Stephens

The American is not only a rugby player but now a mum. That’s double badass.

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11. Taylor Bird

Taylor, who plays women’s rugby 7’s for the Manly Mermaids in Australia, shares some pretty intense workouts. She already has over 28k followers!

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12. Isobelle Eyres

Chasing eggs since 1999, this rugby star is a charming player who doesn’t take herself too seriously. A total badass with a sense of humour.

13. Chloe Butler 

Australian international Butler is able to take a big hit but also dish them out. When she isn’t on the pitch she’s outdoors, fishing, in the gym or coaching.


14. Portia Woodman 

Woodman is one of the most recognisable players in women's rugby. The egg-chaser's pace, strength and determination has led to her becoming top try scorer in World Series history. The New Zealander is a supreme athlete.


15. Layla Singleton

Join rugby mad Layla on her fitness journey. The Sheffield Ladies star is strength, grace, control, power and beauty all rolled into one.

16. Danielle Evans

Rugby boots will be swapped for high heels when she bids for glory at the Miss Great Britain pageant next month.

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