2014 Women’s Rugby World Cup winner Packer began playing rugby at an early age for the Ivel Barbarians in Yeovil.
She was England Red Rose #150 and made her 15’s debut in 2008 in a convincing win against Sweden in Amsterdam. By November 2020 she had made 74 England 15’s appearances. She was a leading member of the 2014 Rugby World Cup winning squad that beat Canada in the final. She was named in the squad for the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup in Ireland where England again reached the final and is aiming for the 2022 Women’s Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.
Marlie also 10 England 7’s appearances to her name and was part of the England squad at the 2013 Rugby World Cup Sevens in Moscow.
In club rugby she played for Bath in 2007 to 2009 with teammate Natasha Hunt then later joined Bristol. Packer currently plays for leading Premier 15’s side Saracens Women.
Marlie has won multiple honours in her rugby career to date. She was a Women’s RWC Winner in 2014 & a losing RWC finalist in 2017. She has also won four 6 NationsGrand Slam titles with England, the latest in Nov 2020. She has 2 won back-to-back Premier 15’s titles with Saracens Women in 2018 & 2019. She was also awarded Bristol Coaches Player of the Season in 2013 & Saracens Women Coaches Player of the Season in 2020. She was awarded the Freedom of Yeovil in 2014 and is also an Honorary Member of Yeovil RFC.
Multi-talented Packer is also a plumber by profession and has an NVQ3 qualification in the trade. She worked for HomeServe until she was offered a professional contact by England Rugby. She is also a coach for the Essex Ladies U18’s team and has her Level 2 Coaching Badge. She is an experienced public speaker and has made numerous media appearances as a TV commentator.
Packer is a brand ambassador for YUYU Bottle and TYG Drinks.
In September 2020 Packer became a working mum with the birth of a baby boy, Oliver. She also owns 2 dogs, one named Sunny.