International Pathway

  • Worcester (W)2014
  • England Women National Academy2015
  • England Women u202016
  • England Women 7's2016
  • Gloucester-Hartpury Womens RFC2017
  • Gloucester-Hartpury Womens RFC II2017
  • England Women2018

Profile

The Hucclecote club in her home city of Gloucester launched the playing career of Kelly Smith, who was introduced to the game there at the age of 10.

She moved on to Worcester Valkyries, where she made her debut against Saracens, before signing for Gloucester-Hartpury for the 2017/18 Tyrrells Premier 15s season.

That season saw Kelly complete the second year of her studies in physical education and school sports at Hartpury College.

Kelly previously attended Beaufort Community School and made six appearances for England Under 20s in 2016, finishing on the losing side only once, against France in March 2017.

She appeared in all three victories over Canada at Trent College that year, can play on the wing or at full back and has represented GB Students sevens.

She scored her maiden try in her third World Rugby Women's Sevens Series event during the 45-7 win over Argentina the Challenge Trophy semi-final in Las Vegas in March 2017. 

Kelly then made her senior breakthrough with England in the 15-a-side game when she was named in the squad for the 2018 Women's Six Nations.

She made her debut off the bench against Scotland before she was given her first start, on the right wing, against Ireland at Coventry's Ricoh Arena in what was the Red Roses' final match of the campaign.

She attributes her understanding of rugby to Scott Bemand, the England Women lead coach, in training for EPS camps, extra skill sessions and sevens development camps.

Kelly said: “I first realised that I had potential when being chosen at any early age for the Midlands team and then for the England U20 squad.

"My dad is a big rugby fan and always took me to watch games and drove me everywhere to take part in matches.”

Jonny Wilkinson was the player Kelly most admired while growing up and she describes her own personality as “fun, happy and ditzy”.

International Record

2018 S(R), I

Last updated: 2 April 2018

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