KNOW YOUR SARRIES – EMMA SWORDS
Scrum-half Emma Swords has started both of Saracens Women’s matches post the Women’s Six Nations. We thought we’d grab a chat and find out a bit more about her as we go into the play-offs
How old were you when you started playing rugby and what was your first club?
I started playing when I was 13 and that was at school. After that I played for club, London Irish, Esher and made my way to Saracens when I was 17
It’s a bit cliché but Maggie Alphonsi. She was my mentor from when I was about the age of 14. She did all of my player development stuff and obviously she played here as well.
Favourite player to watch?
Beauden Barrett. You just know something’s going to happen if he’s on the pitch.
What do you prefer doing? Scoring a try or making a big tackle?
Scoring a try. I’m not a big tackler so scoring a try would be far better!
Favourite moment in rugby?
Even though I wasn’t involved in the Premiership final, that was pretty cool. I just missed out with a broken foot but being involved in that was pretty cool.
My junior rugby I loved. I had my best friends, not saying that the Sarries girls aren’t my best friends! But I had my best childhood friends around me.
Funniest moment in rugby?
There was one time in junior rugby when I was stuck in a maul (I was centre back in the days when I thought I was tall but I didn’t grow anymore). There was a lot of “chest grabbing” going on and I caught eye contact with the girl and she moved her hands away rather than keep up the chest grabbing.
Ideal try scoring celebration song?
I don’t know…something with a bit of guitar and drum!
Warm-up/get pumped song(s)?
50 Cent…every time. Get Rich or Die Tryin’. You could watch the movie and get pumped or listen to the album and get pumped.
Karaoke song of choice?
Candy Shop by 50 Cent. I know all the lyrics to that one
Step Brothers. Always makes me laugh
Favourite TV show?
I really like Ricky Gervais so, ‘The Office’, ‘Derek’ and ‘Afterlife’.
Favourite band or musician?
If you could spend the day as any animal, what would it be and why?
Eagle, so I could fly
Don’t miss out on seeing Emma and the rest of the Saracens Women team take on Wasps FC Ladies in their Tyrrells Premier 15s Semi-Final at Allianz Park on Saturday 13th April. To get your tickets click HERE.