Jade Konkel to take break from rugby after joining the Fire Brigade

Scotland and Harlequins No8 says she is not retiring yet but not clear at this stage when she will return to the game

Jade Konkel is taking a real from rugby as she trains to become a fire fighter. Image: Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
Jade Konkel is taking a real from rugby as she trains to become a fire fighter. Image: Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

JADE KONKEL has announced that she is taking a break from rugby whilst training to become a firefighter with the London Fire Brigade, but added that she is not ready to walk away from the game altogether yet.

The No8 has been one of the national team’s most important players since her debut back in 2013, and became Scotland’s first professional women’s rugby player in the summer of 2016. She was named player of the match in October when Scotland secured a historic 13-13 draw against France at Scotstoun.

In a message posted on Twitter, the 27-year-old said:

“I’m very fortunate to have something makes saying “seeing you soon” so hard. I’ve made some difficult decisions over the last few months however this is an opportunity I couldn’t turn down.

“I’m extremely excited to say that I’ll be starting my firefighter training with the London Fire Brigade. I’m really looking forward to an exciting future ahead but it does mean that I’ll be taking time away from rugby (though not from cheering my teammates on from the sidelines).”

“I’m not hanging the boots up just yet. I’ll be seeing you on the other side.”

It is not clear at this stage how long her break from the game will be for.

Meanwhile, the Scotland team are still waiting to find out what qualification process they face in their quest to make the World Cup in New Zealand later this year. This year’s Six Nations kicks off at the start of April.

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  1. Who in earth has voted down praise of a Scottish player taking a break to forge a career as they are basically semi-pro?

  2. Jade’s ( temporary) departure from the Scottish Womens Squad will leave a huge void in physicality and sheer commitment.

    ALL supporters of the Scottish Womens squad will wish Jade well and hope it will be a case of ” Haste ye Back”

    Also best wishes to Jade’s replacement and indeed ALL our Womens squad members as they continue to prepare for the abbreviated 6N in April and then hopefully the World Cup.

  3. Oh wow! Huge loss hope she returns after training which is what 4 months so next year 6N – surely she would be an advert for LFB – brilliant player.


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