Getting to Know: Alison Burrows

Getting to Know: Alison Burrows

  • Get to know Wigan Warriors Women’s No.2, Alison Burrows

  • Learn more about her life as a Warrior, and a bit more on her nickname

  • Warriors Women face York City Knights Ladies away in next round of Women’s Super League

The 2019 Women’s Super League is now underway, and we’ve been catching up with Warriors Winger, Alison Burrows, to hear more about her story so far.

On getting into Rugby League: “I grew up in St Helens playing for my local team but became a Wigan fan after going to the player camps and meeting the first team players. I had to stop playing when I was 11 and there were no girls teams back then, so I started playing football and then ended up playing Rugby Union after a local coach came into my school.”

“I still followed Rugby League so as soon as I saw Wigan post about the Women’s trials I knew I had to go for it. I wasn’t really sure what to expect and definitely wasn’t expecting to be selected.”

The Warriors winger played in the No.20 shirt in 2018, but has worked her way up to the No.2 for 2019.

“After the trials and the start of pre-season I wasn’t really sure what position I’d play and didn’t expect much game time, I was just happy to be a part of it all. I came on as a substitute in the first game in 2018 and pretty much stayed on the wing from there on in, so it was definitely more than I expected.”

She added: “Getting a starting shirt this season is a massive honour and I’m proud of how far I’ve come since the first game.”

Burrows was also selected as Players’ Player of the Year at the end of last season, after winning the respect of her team mates along the way.

“Being voted players’ player was definitely one of the highlights of last season, it’s great to be voted by the girls as they’re the ones that are out on the pitch with you putting their bodies on the line every week.”

Last year saw Burrows score five tries on her favoured left wing, this year she has already made a great start to her try scoring records with two tries in two games, including one on the right wing.

On her tries, she said: “It’s always great to get over the line but I’m lucky to have the likes of Gemma Walsh and Rachel Thompson doing the work inside to set me up. I definitely feel a lot more confident this season and I’m hoping I can keep learning and supporting the team in different ways to improve on this.”

But how does a winger prepare for a match? The Warriors No.2 says for her, it just comes naturally once the game starts.

“I don’t really have much of a routine on game day, I just tend to focus on what I want to do in the game to help the team and set myself goals each game. I always get really nervous before a game so it helps to just focus on small things and then as soon as I’m on the pitch it starts coming together.”

Burrows also picked up the nickname “The Salmon” along the way last season, on the unusual name, she explained: “The salmon nickname came from our away win at Leeds last season in the League. Leeds put a kick up in the last few minutes and I managed to jump above everyone and catch it.

“Someone called me the Salmon at the time and it kind of stuck from there. There’s definitely worse nicknames to have!”

The Warriors Women travel to York City Knights Ladies in their next match on Sunday 28th April 2019.

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