Youth Unstoppable Elin was captivated by the strength and skill on display when she attended the HSBC USA Women’s Sevens in Glendale three years ago.
Determined to give the game a go for herself, Elin enrolled on a Girls Rugby Inc programme in Colorado despite being at least a year younger than all of her new team-mates.
She has since devoted hours and hours to her new passion, training hard, watching clips of her favourite players and even using rugby as the basis for projects at school.
In January, Elin began training with USA Women’s Eagles prop Charli Jacoby, who had been hired by her parents as a tutor for her brother, Anders.
Elin subsequently trained twice a week with Jacoby, and at times several of her Eagles team-mates, until the prop recently moved to England to play for Loughborough Lightning.
The pair remain in touch, however, and Jacoby has no doubt that her young friend and training partner can achieve anything she wants to in the game.
For Elin, the ultimate goal would be to lead out the USA in an Olympic Games gold medal match against her favourite team, New Zealand.
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