A university taster session kindled Justine Lucas’ appetite for the game and she hasn’t looked back since.
While studying for a degree in Sports Science and Mathematics at Loughborough University, Stevenage-born Lucas, who was more used to playing football or hockey, decided to try her hand at rugby and it proved a match made in heaven.
Prop Lucas was named Loughborough University’s players’ player of the year in 2011 before moving to Lichfield RFC, where she became the best newcomer in 2012 and then picked up the most improved player award a season later. She joined Wasps for the inaugural Tyrrells Premier 15s 2017/18 season, returning to Loughborough Lightning in September 2018.
Coaches at Lichfield earmarked her potential, telling her she had the talent to represent England one day, and their predictions rang true, with Lucas, a former pupil at Knights Templar School in Baldock, Hertfordshire, scoring her first international try in the 2015 Women’s Six Nations.
She played every match as England won the 2017 Six Nations and also remained a regular fixture in the Red Roses side that finished second at the Women’s Rugby World Cup.
Lucas also featured in the 2018 Six Nations, helping to tee up a Poppy Cleall try in a 52-0 victory over Wales.
She missed the 2018 Quilter Internationals through injury, receiving a full-time contract in January 2019.
5 points – 1T.
2013 C(R), SA, C(R) 2015 W(R), It(R), S, F, USA(R), NZ, C, F(R), I 2016 I(R), NZ(R) 2017 F(R), W(R), It, S, I, A(R), C, NZ(R), C(R) RWC - S(R), I, USA(R), F(R), NZ(R) 2018 It(R), W(R), S(R), F(R)
Last updated: 7 January 2019