Marlie Packer holding her medal

HomeServe plumber Marlie Packer made Freewoman Of Yeovil after rugby success

Posted 15 September 2014 11:00 AM by Mark Round

HomeServe plumber and World Cup winning rugby star Marlie Packer has been made an Honorary Freewoman of Yeovil following her starring role in helping England to secure 2014 World Cup victory.

Marlie, aged 24, grew up in Yeovil and currently plays for London Wasps Ladies as a Flanker. She started out her career as a five-year-old with Ivel Barbarians in the town of Yeovil.

The announcement marks a whirlwind couple of weeks for Marlie that has already seen her sign a new professional sevens contract with the Rugby Football Union (RFU) and also enjoy lunch with the Prime Minister, David Cameron.

Marlie said: “I only moved away from Yeovil in 2003 and this is a massive honour for me. I’m really proud of my roots and I love the town of Yeovil as much as the people that live there. It has a special place in my heart and I’m so privileged to have been awarded this honour. I’m overjoyed by it and humbled at the same time.”

Marlie will still be working for HomeServe in a part-time capacity, something she is excited to be doing.

She added: “Everyone at HomeServe has been so supportive and encouraging that I couldn’t resist the opportunity to stay on in some capacity. It has been a wonderful couple of months and I am excited by the future both on and off the pitch.”

Having originally joined HomeServe back in 2013, Marlie now works across the south London region. A usual day at the office can include dealing with anything from leaky pipes through to blocked toilets.  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.

HomeServe Membership Ltd. Chief Executive Officer Martin Bennett said: “We’re obviously delighted for Marlie and everybody at HomeServe is incredibly proud of her and what she has achieved. This is a wonderful honour for her but one that is richly deserved.”

Alan Tawse, Town Clerk at Yeovil Town Council added: “It is wonderful to see everything that Marlie has accomplished during her time playing for England. It must be a dream come true to lift the trophy and everyone in Yeovil is thrilled for her. It is a wonderful achievement.”