Danielle ‘Nolli’ Waterman, the Wasps Lady who electrified the Ricoh Arena

Date: 3 May 2018

Danielle ‘Nolli’ Waterman dived over the line to score her 47th and final international try to a roaring ovation by fans at the Ricoh Arena back in March.

An inspiration not just to the young beady-eyed girls galvanised by such creative rugby, but everyone who watched the game.

This one lady's story reads like a Hollywood film. Funding her own training and working tirelessly to be one of the greats of the amateur era, before being launched into international acclaim with the RFU funded 7s team and the 15 a side game. In England colours, she has played in four World Cups, an Olympic Games in Rio and aided her team to victory versus Canada in the 2014 World Cup Final, she has 82 caps for England from her 15-year international career. Domestically she has played for Northumbria, Henley, Worcester then Bristol before she joined Acton-based Wasps FC last September.

Following the announcement of her retirement from international Rugby, Nollie tweeted: “Thank you to each and every person for taking the time to get in touch.
“I am enormously grateful and feel very blessed to have represented my country for such a long period of time. “Through thick and thin, I have so many incredible memories and have made friends I will always treasure.”  

At the age of 33, England may be waving goodbye to a truly great player, but in turn have gained a fine ambassador, who can go on to promote the game across the country and inspire a new generation of female rugby players who one day may grace the pitch at the Ricoh Arena.

We hope that Nolli has many years ahead of her playing top-flight women’s rugby at Twyford Avenue in black and gold.