The Loughborough Lightning only started playing six years ago but is already part of the England set-up All systems go: Amelia Harper during England training (Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS I started on the wing, then centre, so I’ve worked my way in. I’m now in the back row and think it’s the best position – you’re a forward but you don’t have to put your head in tight places!I want to keep improving – my work over the ball, my rucking, my jackling.Who’s been the biggest influence on your career? My parents. I wouldn’t have been able to do half the stuff I’ve done without them. They drove me everywhere and have helped me financially. They’re really supportive and encourage me. I want to give back to them as much as possible.Who were your childhood heroes? My first one was Jessica Ennis – I remember watching her at the Olympics.Maggie Alphonsi was my second one. I watched the 2014 World Cup and she was a cool player.RW VERDICT: A regular off the England bench in the Six Nations, this teen has been described by Simon Middleton as “fast across the ground and fearless in contact. She’s an out-and-out seven”. Expect to see her get a start later this year. Red Roses flanker Amelia Harper Date of birth 17 July 2000 Born Pembury, Kent Position Flanker Club Loughborough Country EnglandWhen did you first get involved in rugby? I was 14 – it was quite late. My friend played for the girls’ side at Edenbridge and said, “You should come along. I think you’ll like it.” I liked it straightaway – running around with my friends and being allowed to be aggressive.Talk through your progress… I played there for a while but then we didn’t have enough numbers, so I moved to Aylesford and played there. I did county U18s and made the decision at 16 to go to college in Loughborough to join the AASE programme. I was interested in sport and I just wanted to improve.Lightning was just across the road so I joined them at 17 and I’m now at uni there doing sports science.How hard was it to move away from home at 16? It was a challenge at times but very rewarding. I like a challenge. It was the opportunity to get physically and mentally better with training. I missed home and was far away from my parents, but it made me a better person.What positions have you played? This article originally appeared in the May 2020 edition of Rugby World magazine. Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.