Ambassador Profile: Ellie Kildunne
|Key Ambassador Statistics|
|England 7s||36 appearances – 7 caps|
|England 15s||14 Caps|
|Personal Career Highlights||1. six nations 18 involvement|
2. qualifying for the Olympics 2021
3. Winning the six nations this year 2021
We are delighted to welcome flying England full-back Ellie Kildunne as our latest brand ambassador.
Fresh from helping England to become triple Six Nations winners at the weekend, Kildunne will wear Canterbury kit and will also provide feedback and advice on the future development of Canterbury’s female rugby product range.
One of the most exciting prospects in the rugby world, Wasps star Kildunne is capable of extraordinary moments and is already racking up a highlights reel of spectacular solo tries which frequently feature her bursting past her opponents as she crosses over the try line.
Speaking about the new partnership, she said: “I am really proud to be Canterbury’s latest female brand ambassador. Women’s rugby is continuing to grow across the world and the more exposure we can give to the game through the media or through brand deals, the bigger it will continue to become.
“I’m looking forward to working with Canterbury on their extended range of womens’ products in the future. As a brand they are synonymous with rugby and creating quality products and so I can’t wait to see what we can produce to ensure that every woman who wants to play rugby has the right kit to do so.”
Ellie is one of the most exciting players in the country right now and often creates something out of nothing. She is a magician on the pitch and sort of player who can really help to inspire the next generation of young girls in this country. Eloise is one of the biggest names in the sport and also a fantastic role model. She is a real trailblazer and that makes them a perfect fit for us.
Born in Yorkshire in 1999, Kildunne started playing rugby for a local boys’ club when she was just five years old and during her early years played across all codes, starting with Keighley Rugby Union Football Club before stints at rugby league outfits West Park Leeds and Castleford.
Ahead of the 2017/18 campaign, she switched codes and joined Gloucester-Hartpury before swiftly making her England 15s debut during the 2018 Women’s Six Nations. After racking up an impressive try-per-game ratio, Kildunne switched again to play for England 7s and impressed in her first season with the team before suffering an injury setback. After two years with the 7s, Kildunne switched back to 15s – an opportunity which turned out to be a blessing during the recent Coronavirus pandemic as it meant she was able to continue playing regular rugby.
Like Canterbury, Kildunne is passionate about promoting the women’s game as much as possible and is hopeful that this partnership will allow her to continue to be an inspiration for girls and boys growing up by showing them how to smash the glass ceilings so they can do it in their own way too.