Helen Theunissen was born at Cooma on 14th June 1966. She attended Cooma Public School, Monaro High School and then Hurlstone Agricultural High School.
Her tertiary education was undertaken at The Catholic College of Education at Castle Hill in New South Wales.
Helen, now a Secondary Mathematics teacher held various teaching positions in New South Wales before travelling overseas. It was in London where she first became interested in Rugby Union while teaching in that city.
Helen began playing for the Wasps Rugby Club in September 1993 and during the next two years the club toured Ireland and France. Whilst in London Helen played two games for the Nomads (women’s equivalent to the Barbarians) against Ireland and The Netherlands.
In 1995 Helen returned to Australia and played for the Australian Capital Territory and then moved to Sydney and played for Warringah in 1996, 1997 and 1998.
In 1995 she was first selected in the Australian team and toured New Zealand for two weeks. Helen was also selected for the Australian teams from 1996 – 1998.
Australia again toured New Zealand in 1997, and then in 1998 travelled to The Netherlands as part of the World Cup Squad. This was the first Women’s World Cup officially sanctioned by the International Rugby Board and the first time Australia had participated.
Helen has many wonderful memories of rugby, but her move from Sydney to Narrandera and subsequent marriage to David Langley necessitated her retirement from rugby after the 1998 season.