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Scotland’s Konkel on London Fire Brigade frontline on hottest day of the year

Scotland’s Konkel on London Fire Brigade frontline on hottest day of the year

Scotland No.8 and fully-trained firefighter Jade Konkel expressed her pride in being part of the London Fire Brigade’s huge effort to extinguish fires in Wennington on the hottest day of the year. 

The 28-year-old who plays domestically for London side Harlequins, took time away from rugby in 2021 to complete her firefighter training and was on the front line as a grass fire spread to properties in Essex.

The London Fire Brigade declared it their busiest day since the Second World War as record temperatures saw 110 fire engines in use across the south east of England, with Konkel part of the heroic crews.

“Major incident declared,” Konkel shared on Twitter, “It has been a challenging day here at #Wennington but proud to have played a part.

“Heartbreaking for the families involved. Stay safe everyone!”

Konkel first represented Scotland in 2013, becoming their first full-time professional in 2016, going on to make her 50th appearance in blue against England in this year’s TikTok Women’s Six Nations.

The former Hillhead Jordanhill player was one of seven try scorers as Scotland secured their place at the delayed 2021 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand this year, crossing in the second half as Scotland defeated Colombia 59-3 in the final qualifier.

Konkel completed her firefighter training last year, returning to international rugby in September as Scotland advanced from the European qualifiers for this Autumn’s showpiece.

It has already been an eventful summer for the Inverness-born back-rower, with Konkel marrying her partner Helen in June before re-signing for a fifth season with Harlequins earlier this week.