Anthem singer Wright making shockwaves
February 27, 2013
Laura Wright sang the national anthem at Twickenham on Saturday and played for Rosslyn Park on Sunday. © PA Photos
A soprano who also plays women's rugby for a London club continues to make shockwaves around the world with her performances of the national anthem prior to Six Nations matches at Twickenham.
Laura Wright first sang the national anthem at Twickenham before the England v Scotland match on February 2 and she backed it up with another performance ahead of the England v France match over the weekend, wearing a eye-catching white dress with her underwear exposed - sending the English media into a spin.
The Daily Mail newspaper continues to refer to her as the "Scrummy soprano" and on Sunday they carried a story with the headline "Brrrr! The scrummy soprano forgot her thermals ..." referring to Wright's white dress (or lack thereof) as part of the country remained blanketed in snow.
Wright has sold more than 2.5 million copies of her debut album The Last Rose, and she also plays rugby on Sundays at fullback for Rosslyn Park Ladies team in south-west London.
"Rugby is in my blood as I started playing at school and have three older brothers who also play," Wright told the Daily Mail. "I love sport and took up rugby properly last year as I really enjoy being part of a team. I'm not the kind of person to live life carefully. It is full-on contact rugby I play."
"It's a different feeling stepping out on to a pitch in a glamorous dress and heels compared to boots and gumshield," Wright added. "From playing rugby, I definitely found even more respect for professional sportsmen and how focused and dedicated you must be. I always get nervous before playing matches - just as I always get nervous before singing no matter how small the performance is."
Laura Wright sings the national anthem at Twickenham ahead of the match between England and France.
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