In nine days the Red Roses will fly for Ireland hoping to return world champions. We're bringing you a Red Rose a day, until the squad depart.
Next up is wing Lydia Thompson.
What do you remember about the first time you played rugby?
“I remember it was a touch rugby tournament and it was the first time I’d played with the boys and it was really fun to score against them.”
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
“Don’t keep trying at something that isn’t working, maybe step back, look at it and try a different way.”
What does it mean to you to play for England?
“It defines a lot of what you do day-to-day so it means so much to be part of the squad. When you pull on the shirt you realise most of your daily 24/7 life is geared to that.”
What drives you to be the best you can be?
“The experiences when it hasn’t been too good it makes you appreciate when it is going well to take in the good times. Knowing that you get a lot of enjoyment from this and this is a part of my life and think ‘that was really good.’”
What did it feel like singing the national anthem for the first time?
“It was nerve wracking as it hit me then that I was playing rugby and it was quite a big deal. There are not many games you sing a national anthem before, so it set in what I was going to do it.”
Who has been the biggest influence on your career?
“My physiotherapist. She has taught me so much and I wish I’d have known the things I know now earlier on in my career.”
If you were stranded on a desert island, what’s the one thing you would take with you?
“I’d say a good book or a good piece of music. Something to sit back and enjoy on the island and then regret I didn’t take food or essentials.”
What’s your guilty pleasure?
“Food wise, mackerel pate. I don’t know what it is but it is my go to; a bag of crisps and mackerel pate and I’m good.”
If you could attend one sporting event, which one would you pick?
“There is something about the 100m final and that Olympic day like it was back in 2012 with the Super Saturday.”
If you could choose three celebrities to do Come Dine With Me, who would you choose?
“I’m reading a book by the Dalai Lama at the moment and I love the quotes he comes out with so I feel he would give us some insight. I like Miranda Hart and then Jessica Ennis-Hill.”
What is the one thing from home you always take with you on tour?
“My AeroPress and a bag of coffee just in case.
If you could choose one superpower for the day, what would you pick?
“Super reactivity. So you could jump off a building and just casually land.”