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 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, when not contracted to England Rugby, she is employed as a social inclusion development worker in Gloucestershire for 2gether NHSFT.
She ran in England’s 35th and final 2017 Six Nations try against Ireland at Donnybrook to help clinch the Grand Slam, before scoring 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.
That try-scoring form continued at the 2017 Women's Rugby World Cup where she crossed five times in four games, including a stunning solo effort from the halfway line in the final against New Zealand.
After the tournament she was nominated World Rugby Women’s Player of the Year before switching to sevens to take up a contract for the 2017/18 campaign where she won a bronze medal in the 2018 Commonwealth Games on Australia’s Gold Coast.
She returned to XVs for the Quilter Internationals, scoring a second hat-trick, this time against Ireland, receiving a full-time contract in January 2019 but she would unfortunately miss the Women’s Six Nations that year because of injury.
175 points – 35T.
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, NZ RWC - S, I, F, NZ, 2018 – USA, I
Last updated: 15 May 2019