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Gwen Crabb

Gwen Crabb

Welsh Rugby Union player who plays second row for the Wales women's national rugby union team and Gloucester Hartpury

Gwen Crabb (born 28 June 1999) is a Welsh Rugby Union player who plays second row for the Wales women's national rugby union team and Gloucester Hartpury. She made her debut for the Wales national squad in 2018 and represented them at the 2021 Women's Six Nations Championship.

Club career

Crabb began her sporting career as a goalkeeper in football – her main sports pursuit from the age of four until her mid-teens. Her skills were such that she was even selected for the Wales under-17s squad.

In an interview with WRU.Wales, she explained her decision to switch sports:

"As soon as I started playing rugby at about 15, it was a no-brainer. I really enjoyed the family atmosphere and ethos in rugby. And I can’t lie – I really enjoyed the physical contact, too. As a goalkeeper, the handling skills transferred really nicely across to rugby – spatial awareness and things like that. The line-out quickly became my thing as well.”

Crabb then played for both Pencoed Phoenix under-18s and Hendy under-18s before joining Worcester Warriors in 2019. In June 2020, she signed with her current club, Gloucester Hartpury.

International career

Following a year out due to a knee injury, Crabb made her international debut against Hong Kong in the 2018 autumn series held at Cardiff Arm's Park. She has since represented the Wales women's squad at each subsequent Six Nations Championship, and has won 15 caps to date.

Personal life

Born in Swansea, Crabb attended Ynystawe Primary School and Morriston Comprehensive before joining the Llandarcy Academy of Sport to develop her rugby skills. She then moved to Cardiff Metropolitan University in 2018 to study strength conditioning, rehabilitation and massage. She balances her role as personal trainer and online coach alongside her rugby career.

Timeline

July 28, 1999
Gwen Crabb was born in Swansea.

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Gwen Crabb - Welsh Rugby Union | Wales & Regions

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