As amateurs, England, featuring Scarratt, reached the final of the 2010 Women’s Rugby World Cup. They lost 13-10 to New Zealand but recovered to lift the trophy in 2014. Scarratt starred in the 21-10 victory over Canada, scoring 16 points.
An ultimately successful vocation, but one that risked life away from rugby suffering.
“It was inevitably difficult,” Scarratt continues. “ It was all we knew.
“It meant other aspects of life had to take a back seat as there physically wasn’t time for everything.
“I would consider returning once I have finished playing rugby.”
Scarratt admits that moment is still a while off yet, insisting she wants to keep playing ‘as long as I am able and enjoying it.’
But who controls the career of an elite sportsperson? Is it the coach who controls their training regimes and picks the team? Is it the owners who control their wages and whether or not they’ll be bought or sold or ultimately discarded? Is it fate, where a career ending injury could be just around the corner?
Or does the sportsperson control their own career – and the life they lead after it? Can they take decisions along the way to wrestle back control?
“I think they can do,” she continues “The players have to be prepared to help themselves and engage.
“I think it’s difficult when the player doesn’t have a clear idea of where they want to go post rugby.
“We had to get a career before we had the opportunity to go professional.
“I have been to university and worked in schools. Whether this is what I want to do long term, I’m still not sure.”
Whilst the eventual path may not be clear for Scarratt or many sportspeople, the steps taken along the way can alleviate much of the risk.
It’s not just about a degree or a piece of paper with a qualification on either. It’s about picking up skills in the sporting environment that can transfer outside.
“I picked up organisational skills, working as part of a team and leadership qualities,” she concludes.
“I want to continue to improve and get better.”
That final lesson can apply on the turfs of Rio 2016 or the workplaces of the future. Scarratt is likely to star in both.