Kay became a history maker with an unprecedented seven tries in the 64-0 win over Scotland in the Six Nations at Twickenham Stoop this March. Along the way, she had become the first player to run in four first-half tries in the tournament, having completed a 27-minute hat-trick.
She said: “It’s pretty amazing. I didn’t think I’d ever score three tries in a match let alone seven. It’s a credit to the team and I’m really proud of them. I was out wide and the girls found me out there.”
Kay was the top try-scorer in this year’s Six Nations with eight tries, only two fewer than former England full back Chris Diver’s competition record of ten, set 14 years ago. She started her career wearing the No.10 shirt but nowadays plays anywhere in the back three. Having bagged 42 caps so far in the XVs version of the game and a sack full of sevens’ appearances, Kay is one of the ‘gas women’. She lifted the World Cup in 2014, scoring two tries against Samoa and one against both Spain and then Ireland in the semi-final. She marked her landmark 40th appearance with a try against Italy, this February. Her previous one was from an exhilarating long-range effort against Canada at Twickenham Stadium last November.
She had been chosen in the 12-strong British Women’s Sevens squad for two invitational tournaments in March last year in Las Vegas and Vancouver as part of the preparations for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Kay travelled there as a non-playing reserve for Team GB sevens, where the side just missed out on a medal. She has played for Richmond, Bristol and Thurrock, and returned to Richmond before the start of this season. In September 2016 she was awarded with a full-time professional 15s contract.
Educated at St Bede’s and University of Wales Institute, Cardiff, she was originally from Caterham and now plays for Thurrock T-Birds after two seasons with Richmond and Bristol. Kay began playing at the age of five and was with Old Caterhamians, Warlingham and Dorking in her formative years.
140 points – 28T
2011 USA, SA, C, F, NZ(1R,2,3) 2012 S, W, F, I 2013 S, I, F, NV(1,2,3), C, SA(R), USA, C, F 2014 F, S(R), I, W RWC - Sam(R), Sp, C(R), I, C 2015 W, It, USA, NZ, C 2016 F, I, C 2017 It, S, I, A, C(R)
Last updated: 13 June 2017