After her first-year playing rugby union, which was at the University of Leicester, Emily was scouted to represent former English Premiership power house Litchfield. After returning to Wales, she started playing for Welsh RU Premiership side, Pencoed Phoenix. It was whilst she was training with Pencoed that Hughes decided to give Rugby League a go in 2019, playing for Cardiff Blue Dragons and then Wales, becoming the first scorer in the first all-female Wales international rugby league side. She also starred in the famous win over England Lions a few weeks' later.
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