Despite having flown in from South Africa less than a week prior, Tess Feury already seems adjusted to life in a chilly East-Midlands.
It should come as no surprise, with the once DMP Shark haven't spent last season up in Durham, meaning she already has an idea of the challenges the English climate can bring. Nor should it come as a surprise that Feury is someone who can adapt to her surroundings quickly, having flown to the North-East from New Zealand following the conclusion of the 2022 Rugby World Cup, having also spent time playing in her native USA and Ireland.
Having been raised in a rugby family, her father and two brothers are all heavily involved in the sport back home, Feury is flying the flag for the sport in a nation that's yet to fully embrace it.
"In the US, rugby is still not a hugely popular sport. I was lucky enough to be introduced to the game at just four years old so that's pretty unique for the US. With that opportunity I've been able to spread the love of the game and grow the game in the US and it's amazing to see how far it's come"
"Right now it's the fastest growing sport in the US so that's amazing to see how much it's changed since I started playing 20 years ago".
Listen to the interview below to see Feury's journey from the 2017 to 2021 Rugby World Cups, the 'Feury House of Pain' and how excited she is to play at Mattioli Woods Welford Road for the the first time.