Lydia ran in three tries on her international debut against Spain in the 2012 European Cup. She followed that with two blistering touchdowns in the opening pool game against Samoa in the 2014 World Cup in France before being ruled out of the tournament through a groin injury. Rewinding her career, Lydia’s first rugby experience was at the age of 11 in the South Staffordshire Tag tournament for Blakeley Heath Primary School.
Stourbridge born, she later attended Ounsdale HS in Wombourne and King Edward VI College in her home town. She works as an occupational therapist after getting a degree in that very discipline at the University of Derby and she is employed as a social inclusion development worker in Gloucestershire for 2gether NHSFT.
She shared in the 33-24 win over Italy at Stadio Gino Pistoni in February last year in her first Test appearance for seven months since the Canada match in Edmonton. Lydia started against Ireland at Twickenham in England’s third consecutive victory a fortnight later. After also playing against Wales and France last winter, she was in the run on side for all three matches in the Rugby Super Series at Salt Lake City in July 2016 and scored a stunning hat-trick of tries in the 39-13 win over the United States in the final game. She had given England just what the side had needed with a touchdown in the fifth minute.
Her 19th try was against New Zealand at Twickenham Stoop last November and her 20th followed in the next match against Canada a week later at Twickenham Stadium. Lydia scored her second try hat-trick in a seven-game spell when the Red Roses beat Wales 63-0 at Cardiff in February and won her 30th cap against Scotland in the following match. She ran in England’s 35th and final 2017 Six Nations try against Ireland at Donnybrook. Her side conceded only six overall.
Lydia then scored two tries in a 27-20 victory over Canada in the second match of the 2017 International Women's Rugby Series in New Zealand in June, including a solo effort where she beat several defenders on her way to the line.
130 points – 26T
2012 Sp, It, F 2013 S, It, W, C, USA, C, C 2014 S, I(R), It(R) RWC - Sam 2015 S, F, NZ, C 2016 It(R), I, W, F, C, F, USA, NZ, C 2017 F, W, S, I(R), A(R), C
Last updated: 13 June 2017