Katy McLean: England Rugby Captain

Former England Captain and World Cup winner Katy McLean encourages girls to try Rugby Union by beginning with the tag version of the game.

Presenter Jess Creighton meets former England Rugby Union player Katy McLean at the England training base at the University of Surrey sports complex. The legendary fly-half discusses her career, explaining how playing with her family originally attracted her to the sport, and that she played in boys teams at a young age. Katy details the positive effects rugby has had for her, in terms of life skills, travel, making friends and giving her a sense of sporting purpose from a young age. She visits a primary school in Sunderland to coach beginners in a tag rugby session. This beginner format of the game helps develop skills, and uses tag belts rather than contact tackles. The session finishes with a hectic game, where the ball is allowed to be thrown forward, against normal rugby rules, just to get everyone involved, running about and most importantly having lots of fun. Katy answers questions from the young players, and teaches presenter Jess a few skills of her own.

Teacher Notes

Katy was the England World Cup Rugby team’s captain and a teacher at the same time! This goes to show people all around us have different talents and abilities that we might not expect from them. This clip may help to encourage reluctant girls to take a more active part within rugby. Ask the children to discuss the different forms of rugby that they are familiar with? Can they discuss the similarities and differences of different types ofrugby? In the video it doesn’t just mention the different forms of rugby; it also mentions that all people, regardless of size could have a role to play? Could you come up with a comic strip of the styles of rugby and the different types of people who could play rugby?

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching Physical Education and Modern Studies at Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and 2nd, 3rd and 4th Level in Scotland.