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PhD student and Barbarian, Heather Kerr, reminisces about last week's game at Twickenham

(10 June 2019)

Before coming to Durham University Heather had never played rugby before. Less than three years after attending her first training session she was making her international debut, in 2015 at the Women's Six Nations Championship.

Fast forward another 4 years and whilst carrying out her PhD at Durham, Heather has made the selection for the Barbarians. Travelling to America for games against the USA Eagles and more recently, stepping out at Twickenham stadium in front of a big home crowd for the historic game against the Red Roses.

Here Heather speaks about her experience:

"This time last week, I played a historic game. The reality of that hasn't really sunk in - the Red Roses vs Barbarians. The experience on the previous tour was incredible, playing the USA on what seemed like a whirlwind adventure, and words can't really describe the honour or excitement of being involved. I was lucky enough to be invited to play for the Barbarians again, although this time it was against my own team, at my home ground. We had longer in camp this time and the a lot of the girls from Denver were back again - it felt like coming back to my family, the vibe was incredible. We also got to spend some time with the men as one club which was really cool."

 

"I'm always humbled to play at Twickenham, the last time I was there, strangely in the very same dressing room, I was in a Palatinate shirt, playing my last ever game for Durham. We knew the English were going to be tough, full time professionals with a clinical mindset and ruthlessness, that I know very well. The game ended 40-14, England controlled a lot of the possession, but when we had our hands on the ball we played with the word emblazoned on our shirts; flair, spirit, courage and passion. It was one of the best rugby experiences I've ever had, one of the best games I've ever been part of. Being with the Barbarians is a dream come true, and to this day the entire experience still feels like a dream!"

Congratulations to Heather on a such a successful career to date, we look forward to what the future holds!

 

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