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International Women's Day | Karen Jones

Karen Jones | Club Doctor

On International Women’s Day, Gloucester Rugby sat down with some of the women behind the badge to learn more about them and their roles within the club.

Do you ever look back at your career to where it all started and think how much work you were actually doing to make it as both a doctor and rugby player?

“Yes, all the way through my career I worked as a doctor, and I would be getting up at 5am to go to the gym, then going to work all day, then training in the evening. I would sometime have a night shift on in A & E and then in the morning I would be going and playing a full fixture to only return back in the evening ready for another shift! It makes you realise that rest and recovery never happened!”

Was that difficult to balance so much work with professional sport?

“It was, but I look back at it and sometimes thing how did I do it! It was an incredible era though; I was able to combine my career in medicine and in rugby and if I were to do that today it just simply would not happen.”

Looking back through the sports you played, you swapped the oar for the oval ball quite late on?

“Yes, I started playing whilst at university, I started out with rowing because that was the sport you took up at Oxford. There wasn’t really the women’s game when I was growing up so I was very fortunate that I could have a career for so long.”

You gained 32 caps for Red Roses, it must now be great to see how much the women’s game is growing?

“Yes, completely. When I started playing, we didn’t really have role models and it wasn’’t in any mainstream media, or even close to it. It’s nice now to see that young girls can have role models with the likes of Emily Scarratt as a household name. My daughter goes to rugby tots and it’s great to see that the girls can continue with the boys. It’s just fantastic to see how much the game has grown since I first started playing.”

You're now here with Gloucester Rugby, what's your favourite part of the job? 

"I really enjoy all aspects of my role here with the club, everyday is different through the variety of injuries the players get, so I never know what's going to come through the door next which keeps you on your toes. Game day is also great as it feels like I'm part of the action again, but it's also nice to be on the sidelines cheering the players on and willing them to do well." 

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