Mo’s sporting career began at the age of 17 when her PE teacher suggested that she tried rugby and it was love at first sight.
While still at school she gained her first coaching qualification, and has continued to build on this knowledge and experience through college and then university, completing a BA in Sports Development and Coaching at Bath university.
Her England dream became reality in the space of a few months as she progressed from the West Midlands trials, the high-performance academy and trials for the England U20 squad.
She went on to start the 2014 World Cup final that brought her 29th cap and the triumph over Canada to win a gold medal.
Mo now has over 50 caps representing her country at 15s, and is using her wealth of experience to support a blossoming media career in commentary on both radio and TV, and in coaching her BUCS academy at Hartpury College, where she continues to inspire the next generation, as well as play 15s at the highest level of women’s rugby in England as Captain of Glos Hartpury.
Alongside her 15s career Mo has also played at international level in the 7s code of the game she loves, with many caps on the World Series as well as a Commonwealth Games, and representing Team GB at two Olympic Games.
A PE teacher at Sir Graham Balfour School in Stafford before being rewarded with a full time contract with the RFU, Gloucester-born Natasha was educated at Dean Magna Community School, Hartpury College and Bath University.
This love to inspire the next generation was harboured when she became a PE assistant and later a PE teacher.
In 2014 Mo become a professional rugby player, and therefore a full-time athlete, an opportunity that has seen her represent her country at both the 7s and 15s format of the game where she has amassed over 50 caps, has played in two 7s and 15s world cups, winning a gold medal in 2014, and 5 six nations gold medals along the way.
She has also won bronze Commonwealth Games medal for 7s, and a career highlight has been representing Team GB in rugby 7s at two Olympic games – Rio in 2016 and more recently Tokyo in 2020 (in 2021).
Mo’s vast experience of rugby, including a well-respected technical knowledge of the game, has resulted in a burgeoning media career in commentating both on the radio and television, for both 15s and 7s.
This is alongside her full-time role of captain of Gloucester Hartpury Women’s side, for whom she is captain for the third season, whilst also Managing the BUCS development side at Gloucester Hartpury, enabling her to continue her love of grass roots rugby, and strong belief in the harbouring of young talent to inspire a generation.
Mo is grateful for the experiences that rugby has given her, and is invested in giving back and inspiring the next decade of youngsters – both male and female – in reaching their potential.
TOPIC’S NATASHA SPEAKS ON:
World Cup experiences 7s/15s,
Values / ethics through sports,
Wellbeing through sport,
Commentary – how to,
Scrum half – techniques and skills