Catching up with Ruby Adkins!
Today's article is more of a player profile, showcasing one exceptional rugby talent! With the launch of the Womens Super League and Championship campaign, I was keen to catch up with 19 year old Ruby Adkins who recently joined Hull FC Ladies. I first came to know the young half-back when she played for Hull Wyke ladies and she recenty starred in a promo-video I shot for the launch of the Hull FC ladies team (you can watch this following the link at the end of the article).
The new RFL Womens system is littered with talented rugby players and I am eager to showcase as many grassroots stories from female athletes as I can! So without further ado, here's what Ruby had to say to GRM!
1. Firsts things first, describe yourself using a movie title!
"'She's the man', as a kid when I first started playing rugby I always said I wanted to play for Hull KR, which for obvious reasons isn't possible. but I'd say I can relate to this movie pretty well".
2. Do you have any guilty pleasures?
" I can never say no to a night out!I think anyone that knows me would say the same about me."
3. If you had to choose, which Super League player would you compare your 'playing style' to?
"Rob burrows, he can play half back and hooker. Also, he's strong in defence and likes to take the ball on himself".
4. When did you get into rugby and did you play other sports?
" My dad took me to my first Hull KR match when I was 8 he was just going to be taking my younger brother as he assumed I wasn't interested until I asked to go to a game. It turned out I enjoyed it a lot more than my brother after that I went to pretty much every Hull KR game with my Dad and Grandad who also supports me a lot and comes to watch me play. I then started playing for Hull Dockers when I was 9 alongside my brother and cousin. In-between playing for Hayworth Park girls and the Hull Wyke Ladies, I played football (which I was not very good at) and netball. I really enjoyed playing netball and played it through high school but I've always enjoyed contact sports a lot more".
5. What motivates you to play rugby each week?
" I've always loved the sport since I was a kid, I was the only girl brought up with two brothers and we was always fighting. It's fair to say I enjoy the contact part of the sport especially in defence and through primary school I would often be playing Bulldog with the lads and not usually doing very 'girly' things and I'm also very competitive with pretty much everything".
6. Name one teammate you can't play without.
"Natalina Romano because we have played together for years now and we link up well in attack and I find it easy to communicate with her but also, defensively she's very strong"
7. Women’s rugby seems to be picking up huge popularity in recent months why do you think this may be the case?
" I think rugby league is becoming more widely available for younger girls to play in schools and colleges compared to previous years. It's great to see a lot of younger girls playing rugby for boy's teams now too as when I played for hull dockers there was only 3 girls in the whole league".
8. Who are the toughest team you’ve faced?
"The county origin was the hardest game I've ever played in, the game was taken in to extra time and we marginally won the game. But It was also one of the best experiences I've ever had playing rugby league".
9. What’s your long-term goal in Rugby?
" My long-term goal is to hopefully make the starting team every week while in the championship with Hull FC Ladies and help take us into super league in 2019. I would also love to represent my county again".