What the RFU say:You'd struggle to find a sport Sally Tuson hasn't played and more than likely is pretty good at. Put her on a horse, give her a gun or let her kick a ball and she's more than happy. Thankfully for us, she chose rugby over football, netball, hockey, athletics, horse riding and game shooting. But she'll still get involved with all those when she finds a spare minute.
Sally studied at Cardiff University, gaining a BSc in Criminology and Education, no less, and that was where she first found her love for rugby as a 20 year-old. She was a late starter – she had to be to fit all her other activities in – but hasn't looked back since she made her debut. Four tries in three Test matches, over nine days, in the European Cup in May last year saw Sally arrive with a bang.
Put her on a Sevens field and, as you'd imagine, she's more than comfortable. Sally’s Sevens debut brought her two tries and her second appearance, in the European Series event at Marbella in June in 2013, brought four more, including two against Scotland along the way to England’s triumph over Italy in the Plate final.
You can add Cardiff University’s Most improved Player and Players’ Player along with Bristol’s Most Improved Player in two successive seasons to her rapidly expanding rugby CV. And as for memorable moments on the rugby pitch, the France match at the 2012 European Cup is up there as number one. She said: “I was on the bench and we were losing 25-17 when I came on to the pitch with ten minutes to go. I scored a try and then another one from Lydia (Thompson) won the game 29-25 and the title.”
Her rugby mentors past and present are Mark Hawkes, Susie Appleby and LJ Adams at Bristol, her club, together with Kevin Moggridge and Nathan Kelly, of the South West. Manu Tuilagi, is the player she most admires. Not a bad player to emulate in the centres, of course