Sadia Kabeya is an English rugby player. She currently plays as a flanker for the England women’s rugby union team and Loughborough Lightning. She made her international debut in 2021, when she was just 19 years old.
Born on 22 February 2002 in Lewisham, Sadia Kabeya was a talented field athlete during her schooldays. However, her PE teacher at Harris City Academy introduced her to rugby and she soon switched sports. A short while later, Kabeya joined Streatham-Croydon RFC, where she competed as a teenager.
Fast forward to 2019 and Kabeya’s professional rugby career kicked off. She signed to Richmond Women, the England U18s side and the England U18s Sevens. Her highlight of the year came when she captained the sevens team at the 2019 Rugby Europe Women’s U18 Sevens Championship.
One year later, she left Richmond and transferred to Wasps Women. Then, in 2021, Sadia Kabeya achieved two major milestones. First, she moved to Loughborough Lightning; second, she debuted for the senior England 15s team and appeared in a match against Canada.
Things progressed in 2022 as Kabeya played in two Women’s Six Nations matches. This included England’s superb 74-0 win against Italy and their impressive 24-12 victory against France. Additionally, she was selected for the England squad that contested the delayed 2021 Rugby World Cup.
Kabeya started in England’s first game of the Rugby World Cup and she was named Player of the Match. She also started in England’s game against South Africa, where she scored two tries and helped the team to secure a 75-0 win.
As one of the youngest and most exciting players on the England team, we’re excited to see how Sadia Kabeya’s career develops.