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‘My mum’s side are all Welsh’ – England hooker says family loyalty will trump patriotism in Six Nations match

08 Apr 2022 3 minute read
Lark Davies. Picture by David Davies/PA Wire

National allegiance will be temporarily suspended amongst Lark Davies’ relatives when England host Wales in front of a 12,000 crowd at Kingsholm on Saturday with one team poised to lose their perfect start to the Six Nations.

While the Anglo-Welsh rivalry will burn as fiercely as ever on the pitch, Davies’ nearest and dearest will support the hooker as family loyalty trumps patriotic ties for one weekend only.

“My mum’s side are all Welsh and then my dad’s family go back to being Welsh too,” Lark Davies said.

“But a lot of our family members will definitely be supporting England because that’s where their alliances lie!

“My mum and my sister would probably call themselves Welsh, but not when it comes to women’s rugby.

“My eldest sister swam for Wales and she still lives in Wales. My 92-year-old granny lives in Wales too.

“She gets a bit confused sometimes in terms of what team I’m playing for so I have to remind her – ‘I’m definitely English granny!’. They will all definitely be supporting us on Saturday.”

‘Give my all’

While still early days, Wales’ move to professional contracts appears to have been reflected in their bonus-point victories over Ireland and Scotland.

Lark said she appreciated the value of being able to give up the day job after her decision to reduce her hours as a primary school teacher in Worcester ultimately led to being recruited full-time by England in 2019.

“I actually made the decision a year before getting a contract to go part-time with teaching. I knew that I wanted to put more into rugby and give my all to it,” Davies said.

“Being a teacher as well as a rugby player was really difficult. I probably wasn’t getting a lot of sleep and I was rushing around, doing gym sessions and making sure I’d done the marking.

“Going part time was really difficult because there’s the financial impact of that, but it gave me more time to train, recover and do my analysis. After that was when I started to get capped more regularly.”

England have not lost to Wales since 2015, yet Davies insists her team-mates feel a responsibility beyond delivering results.

“We want to be a team that’s remembered not just for the results, but for the people that we are too,” she said.

“I come from a teaching background so if I get messages from parents of the children that I used to teach saying they tuned in to watch at the weekend, then that’s what it’s all about.”


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arthur owen
5 months ago

Great anecdote about her gran.

Grayham Jones
5 months ago

Kick all English people out of wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

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