“We bring a lot to the table because we’re different on and off the pitch,” said Jess Breach, describing his combination of England three-backs with Abby Dow and Ellie Kildunne.
“Abby is so smart with her engineering degree; Ellie is crazy and does what she wants. We build ourselves up and know how to talk to each other. Because we’ve known each other for a long time, that makes it easier.”
That relationship was forged on a dark night in November 2017 with just over 2,000 fans to watch. The few who made the trip to Allianz Park to watch England beat Canada 79-5 witnessed the first test appearances of three of the Red Roses’ brightest stars. Wings Breach and Dow and full-back Kildunne, who came in as a replacement, scored nine tries between them, with a Breach crossing for a remarkable run of six.
Surprisingly, this will be the first full Six Nations campaign the trio will play together due to Breach and Kildunne both having seven-a-side stints, while Dow turned down a professional rugby contract to complete his engineering degree at the Imperial College. Still, she still made 15 test appearances while studying full-time.
At the end of the 2017 series against Canada, a photograph of the trio with Danielle Waterman – then outgoing full-back – was taken to show a changing of the guard and what England’s future full-back could look like. It may have taken three years, but they finally reunited for the England XVs last fall and at times seemed telepathic in their game.
Dow said: “All of our trips since we started in England have been different but that’s what we need as rugby players. It’s pretty nice to see us all coming back to be the same team but we we are all very different We are very different we all have better strengths which means we all play more exciting rugby when we are on the pitch together.
“My favorite rugby memory was after the last game of this 2017 series, we took this photo and it’s special to think that this will be our first full Six Nations together.”
Along with their electric rhythm and superb finishing ability, the three are true close friends and have telepathy on the pitch. Although different sports, the trio have a synergy reminiscent of Manchester United’s Holy Trinity of George Best, Denis Law and Sir Bobby Charlton due to the difference in characters they are. However, due to their tender years, the comparison is lost on Breach, Dow and Kildunne.
Dow, 23, is a deep thinker who is delighted to describe her latest graduation experience examining rechargeable batteries. However, Breach, also 23, enjoys fashion, celebrity gossip and keeping abreast of all developments in the personal lives of her teammates while Kildunne, 21, has a creative mind and an artistic streak. and discovered a passion for creating and editing videos. during the first lockout when she was unsure of her future in the England Seven-a-side schedule.
“Jess is what I call a logical princess. She always has a good point to make but she’s still such a princess about it, but I like it about her! And she’s the finisher – she does everything. what she has to do to be the perfect winger and score tries, ”said Dow.
Breach replies, “When Abby talks about things I don’t understand, I turn off and Abby knows to stop talking.” I don’t mean engineering or phone batteries! I didn’t learn anything at school. “