Rachel Rowe

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Rachel Rowe
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Rowe for Wales in 2015
Personal information
Full name Rachel Susan Rowe [1]
Date of birth (1992-09-13) 13 September 1992 (age 31)
Position(s) Forward / left-back
Team information
Current team
Senior career*
2012–2013 Cardiff City
2013–2015 Swansea City
2015–2023 Reading 118 (14)
2023–2024 Rangers 19 (4)
2024– Southampton 0 (0)
International career
2010–2011 Wales U19 6 (1)
2015– Wales 64 (8)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 12:12, 14 June 2024 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 11:04, 04 May 2024 (UTC)

Rachel Susan Rowe (born 13 September 1992) is a Welsh professional footballer who plays as a forward for Women's Championship club Southampton and the Wales national team.


Rowe began her senior career with Cardiff City before joining Swansea City in 2013. After two seasons, she joined Reading in February 2015, initially combining her playing career with a job in the prison service. She turned professional later the same year after helping the club win promotion to the FA Women's Super League. She made her international debut for Wales in 2017.

Early life

Rowe lived in Swansea, Wales where she began playing football at a young age. Her father suffered from alcoholism and she later commented that their "relationship deteriorated" due to his drinking before his death when Rowe was 21. [2] She took a job at HM Prison Swansea as an operational support guard and later fulfilled the same role at HM Prison Cardiff. The role included performing vehicle checks and escorting contractors onto prison wings to perform maintenance work. She later enrolled on a business management course provided by the Welsh Government. [3]

Club career

Rowe initially played for a local boys youth team but later stated that "nobody wanted to play with me". She was spotted by a scout from Swansea City Ladies and played for the club's youth academy. [2] However, she began her senior career with the club's local rivals Cardiff City and won the inaugural Welsh Premier Women's Football League title during the 2012–13 season, scoring in their decisive 5–2 victory over Wrexham in the final game of the season. [4] She returned to Swansea during the summer window soon after. However, she suffered a broken leg while playing against her former team during the first half of the following campaign. [3]

In February 2015, Rowe joined WSL 2 side Reading with assistant manager Kelly Chambers describing her as possessing "an abundance of competitiveness along with her pace, strength and work rate". [5] Despite the move, Rowe remained semi-professional during her first year, making the 300-mile round trip from her home in Swansea to training three times every week while remaining in her job with the prison service. [3] [6] In December 2015, she signed a professional contract with Reading following the club's promotion to FA Women's Super League. [7] Following promotion, Rowe converted to playing as a full-back for a period, having originally joined the club as a winger. [8]

At the start of the 2018–19 season, she featured in a 1–0 victory over Liverpool. However, the following month, she suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury in a friendly match that ended her season after a single appearance. Despite her injury setback, she was offered a new contract with the club at the end of the campaign. [9] On 7 November 2020, Rowe played her 100th game for Reading. [10]

In March 2021, Rowe signed a new three-year contract with Reading. [11] Rowe left Reading at the end of the 2022–23 season following their relegation to the Women's Championship. [12]

On 21 July 2023, Rowe signed for Scottish Women's Premier League club Rangers. [13]

On 14 June 2024, she signed for Women's Championship club Southampton. [14]

International career

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Rowe (right) during her international debut in 2015

Having previously represented Wales at under-17 and under-19 level, Rowe made her debut for the senior side in Wales' first UEFA Women's Euro 2017 qualifying match against Austria starting in a 3–0 defeat in Sankt Pölten. [15] She made her international debut despite still working within the prison service. [3] [6]

In 2022 she earned her 50th cap in a FIFA Women's World Cup 2023 qualifying playoff tie against Bosnia and Herzegovina. [16]

Career statistics


As of match played 26 May 2024 [17]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
ClubSeasonLeagueNational CupLeague CupContinentalTotal
Reading 2015 WSL 2 1600060220
2016 WSL 1612010191
2017 WSL41100051
2017–18 WSL1841061255
2018–19 WSL10002031
2019–20 WSL1202050190
2020–21 WSL1951130236
2021–22 WSL1411110161
2022–23 WSL1833030243
Rangers 2023–24 SWPL 1941110215
Career total1371812328117723

    International goals

    1.8 October 2019 Borisov Arena, Barysaw, Belarus Flag of Belarus.svg  Belarus 1–01–0 UEFA Women's Euro 2022 qualifying
    2.1 December 2020 Rodney Parade, Newport, Wales Flag of Belarus.svg  Belarus 2–03–0
    3.17 September 2021 Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli, WalesFlag of Kazakhstan.svg  Kazakhstan 3–06–0 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification
    4.6 April 2023 Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff, WalesUlster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland 4–04–1 Friendly
    5.11 April 2023 Estádio D. Afonso Henriques, Guimarães, Portugal Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal 1–11–1
    6.5 April 2024 Racecourse Ground, Wrexham, WalesFlag of Croatia.svg  Croatia 3–04–0 UEFA Women's Euro 2025 qualifying
    7.9 April 2024 Zahir Pajaziti Stadium, Podujevo, Kosovo Flag of Kosovo.svg  Kosovo 1–06–0




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