Danielle ‘Nolli’ Waterman

Leading England Women's Rugby Player & Speaker

Danielle ‘Nolli’ Waterman is one of England Rugby’s leading lights with over 15 years playing at the senior elite level, gaining 82 International Caps and scoring 47 tries. Her achievements across men and women’s rugby are unrivalled being the only player in the world to have played in four rugby world cups – one of which they won – and the Olympic Games.

Her achievements do not stop there. Nolli has received nominations for World Player of the Year, IRPA Try of the Year, won BBC Sports Personality Team of the Year and most recently has been named Women’s Players’ Player of the Year.

Unsurprisingly rugby has always been in Nolli’s blood. Her father Jim, a Bath Rugby legend, is the fourth most capped player in their history, having played over 400 games for the West Country giants in the 60s, 70s and 80s. Both her older brothers have played county level rugby for Somerset, with one also having schoolboy England honours.

Nolli started her rugby at Minehead Barbarians, and was one of a few girls playing mini rugby in the South West. She was forced to stop playing mixed rugby at the age of 12, but her rugby career was only just starting when she was spotted by England as a teenager. Nolli made her full England debut in 2003, having spent three years developing in the Academy and “A” sides; captaining England A at the age of 17. She became the youngest player, at the time, to be fully capped by England whilst studying her A’levels at only 18-years-old; and when she announced her retirement from international rugby in the summer of 2018 she was the longest serving England player.

Her 7s career is equally as impressive as her 15s having represented England 7s for 14 years. At the tender age of 19 Nolli was captain when England won the Europeans. She played in 7s RWC2009 and was selected for 7s RWC2013, however, an injury sadly prevented her from playing. In 2016 Nolli was one of just 12 players who made history by being named in the first ever Team GB Rugby Sevens squad to compete at the Olympic Games in Rio, a team that made it to fourth place. That same year Nolli was named in the ‘Dream Team’ for Langford Tournament.

Having competed in four Rugby World Cup’s and one 7s World Cup, Nolli has been part of a long journey with England Rugby. In the 2006 and 2010 Rugby World Cups, the team placed second only for them to go on and win the Rugby World Cup in 2014, demonstrating their drive and persistence to achieve at high performing levels.

Having represented England at every level, coached professionally and returned from potential career ending injuries, Nolli has experienced everything elite sport has to offer.

As well as being a professional rugby player, Nolli has made multiple appearances on our TV screens. She has often provided expert analysis and commentary for the likes of Sky Sports and England Rugby TV, while providing her professional opinion for media outlets such as the BBC.

In 2019 Nolli was announced as an ambassador for Gallagher, Title Partner of the Premiership Rugby.

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