Laura Woods admits she used to play rugby but reckons fans can’t guess position

Laura Woods got sports fans talking after revealing she used to play rugby before becoming a top TV presenter during a chat with Anthony Joshua.

During an open chat with Joshua for iFL TV following his victory over Jermaine Franklin at London's O2 Arena, the 35-year-old got the heavyweight boxer and her fans thinking. “I was a rugby player, can you guess what position? You’ll never guess,” she said to AJ who grinned as he tried to come up with the right answer.

“Scrum half?” the former world heavyweight champion guessed, before Woods said: “Actually I moved on to scrum half because I hurt my neck.”

Without disclosing the actual position, the DAZN host said she played on the front row after someone else in the locker room incorrectly guessed she played the prop position.

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The conversation swiftly moved on to romance as Woods quizzed Joshua over his relationship status. Woods asked the Watford local who his dream date was and the 33-year-old replied: "You. I know (Ruben) Loftus Cheek has beaten me to it!" Woods then joked: "It's fine, there's no competition!"

Joshua then asked if Woods was in a relationship. "I'm not in a relationship no, are you?" she said, admitting she was too focused on her career and asked if AJ had the same mindset. Joshua, who confirmed he was single, replied: "With boxing I didn't want to commit because I didn't want to go training and then I'm busy arguing with my Mrs or something and my head's not in the game.

"So I just decided to keep my head where it needs to be. I've seen good relationships and bad ones." The Brit returned to winning ways after defeating Franklin by unanimous decision at the O2 Arena on Saturday night.

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The judges scored the bout 118-111, 117-111, 117-111 in favour of the former two-time world champion as he got his career back on track after claiming his first win since 2020. Joshua lost his unified WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight titles to Oleksandr Usyk in 2021 and could not regain them when he lost his rematch last year with the Ukrainian.

But, having taken a much-needed win over Franklin, Joshua can start his pursuit for another world title fight and cleared up any doubts over his passion for the sport. "I'm going to keep on pushing and plugging away," he said. "Maybe I could have let my hands go more [against Franklin]. Maybe this, maybe that.

"That's all the past now and all we can look forward to is what's going to happen in the future. It's just good to be back and getting the ball rolling. We're climbing, we're climbing the ladder once again.

"I'm definitely passionate about the game. Still. For so many reasons. The list is long and I'm committed until it's done."


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