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EP403: Emily Scarratt on Authenticity

Welcome to Season 4 of Connected Intelligence - a podcast about all the things we bring to work that aren’t actually about the work.


Emily Scarratt is Vice Captain of the Red Roses, and may be most known as the player who secured England’s 2014 World Cup win with six minutes left in the final match.


Emily was the top point-scorer at the 2014 World Cup; and helped lead England to finals in the 2017 and 2022 World Cups. She captained Team Great Britain at the Rio Olympics, won a bronze medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and represented England at the 2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens. Emily returned to the 15-a-side game in January 2019, joining the Loughborough Lightning and turning professional when the Rugby Football Union broke new ground by offering full-time contracts to 28 women’s rugby players.


Emily was a stand-out performer at the 2019 Super Series, finishing as top try-scorer and also secured a number of points as goal-kicker. Emily was named World Rugby’s Women’s Player of the Year in November 2019 and became the highest ever Red Roses points scorer in the 2020 Six Nations.


Emily is a once in a generation talent. She carries herself with poise, humility, and humour as she leads women’s rugby on an international stage. We talk to Emily about her approach to leadership on and off the pitch, her evolution into a professional rugby player, and the 2022 World Cup final.


PS. Back by popular demand to debrief this epic rugby moment, friends of the podcast, Stu McReynolds (AVP, Programs & Advocacy at Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities and former pro rugby player) and David Butcher (head coach of the Queen’s University Men’s Rugby team).




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