Jess Breach made her debut for Harlequins Women during the 2017/18 season and has since gone on to become one of the top wingers in world rugby, with an incredible strike rate at both domestic and international level. A full-time professional with England, she has been instrumental in the success of both Club and Country in the previous two seasons, helping Quins reach consecutive Tyrrells Premier 15s finals and securing the 2019 Six Nations Grand Slam title.
Breach was first invited to England camps at the age of just 16 when she was included in the England U18 training squad. After featuring heavily for the U20s team, Breach was then called up to the senior England Women’s squad for the 2017 Old Mutual Wealth Series against Canada in November. She started in both fixtures and scored a staggering 11 tries, six of which came during her first cap.
Breach’s contributions to Quins and England made many in the world of rugby take notice – her combination of pace, power, and her opportunistic sense for scoring tries makes her a valuable addition to any squad – and it wasn’t long before further international opportunities came knocking in the form of a deal with the England Women’s Sevens Squad.
Breach made her first appearance in the sevens format at the Sydney and Brisbane sevens tournament, the second in the HSBC World Series, and again shone, scoring a memorable 60-metre try against the USA in the Pool Stages. She was later selected in the England Women’s Sevens Squad to travel to the Gold Coast for the 2018 Commonwealth Games. In a tournament full of world-class stars Breach helped England qualify second in their group, following pool stage victories against Fiji and Wales, before they faced the eventual winners, New Zealand. After a tough loss at the hands at the current world champions Breach played a pivotal role in England’s victory over Canada in a closely-fought third-place playoff to secure her medal.