Kicking her heels after finishing a ballet class, Izzy Noel-Smith kicked off her tights and joined in her first-ever rugby game.
She was the only girl involved that day but now she stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the nation’s best female players, having been an England international since 2011.
A former pupil at Haberdashers’ Monmouth School for Girls, Izzy cut her teeth at Monmouth RFC, joining at U8 level, with the loose forward eventually joining Hereford, Cullompton, Bath and Bristol.
She has been part of two Women’s Six Nations Grand Slam successes for the Red Roses – in 2012 and in 2016, where she played every single match.
Bristol's Izzy, who also works as primary school teacher, has also displayed a knack for scoring in crucial matches.
She grabbed the late pushover try that gave England an 8-3 win over Ireland in the final match of the 2015 autumn series at Twickenham Stoop while also going over in the 2017 Women's Rugby World Cup final against New Zealand.
Izzy was also part of the Red Roses’ squad for the 2018 Women’s Six Nations.
25 points – 5T.
2011 F(R) 2012 S(R), It, F(R), F(R) 2013 NZ(R), C, SA(R), USA, C 2015 F(R), I(R) 2016 S, It, I, W, F, C, F(R), USA, F(R), I, NZ, C 2017 F, W, It(R), S(R), I(R), A, C(R), NZ(R), C(R), C(R) RWC - S, I, F(R), NZ(R) 2018 It(R), W(R), S, F(R)
Last updated: 11 April 2018