HomeServe plumber Marlie Packer named in England rugby squad ahead of women's rugby World Cup
Posted 10 July 2014 9:00 AM by John Greaves
HomeServe plumber Marlie Packer says being named in the England squad ahead of the Women’s Rugby World Cup (WRWC) is a “dream come true” and she can’t wait to be involved in the tournament.
Marlie, aged 24, is one of 26 players heading to France to compete in the tournament which begins for England on 1 August, with a testing encounter against Samoa.
She joined HomeServe back in 2013 and works across the south London region. A usual day at the office can include dealing with anything from leaky pipes through to blocked toilets. Marlie says she initially became interested in rugby aged five after a family friend took her to rugby practice - the rest as they say is history.
Marlie said: “It’s a dream come true and I’m delighted to be involved in the squad, I am so excited to be playing a part in what will be my first 15’s World Cup. I love working at HomeServe and it’s great when I can tell customers that they can watch me on the television.”
When she’s not out fixing blocked drains and repairing broken toilets, Marlie plays for London Wasps Ladies as a Flanker having started out her career as a five-year-old with Ivel Barbarians. After a successful stint with Bath, she eventually moved on to play for Bristol in 2009. She then joined London Wasps in 2013 where she continues to train twice a week.
Marlie has become somewhat of a household-name having already featured for England at U19 and captained the U20 side level with a further 28 professional caps to her name. She added: “I love my job at HomeServe because no job is ever the same. As an organisation, HomeServe is committed to putting the customer first and as an organisation, it really values the customer experience. I’m a people person and this job offers me the opportunity to help make a difference.”
HomeServe Membership’s Chief Executive Officer Martin Bennett said: “Everybody at HomeServe is thrilled to see Marlie taking part in the tournament and we’re keeping our fingers crossed that the team can progress through the competition. Marlie is a wonderful ambassador for HomeServe and we’ll be cheering her on all the way, hopefully to glory in the final.”
England travel to the tournament in buoyant mood having secured a second-place finish in the 2014 Six Nations championship, which was eventually won by the hosts of the event this year, France.