Thompson nominated for World Rugby women's player of the year

Red Roses wing Lydia Thompson has been nominated for the World Rugby Women’s Player of the Year for 2017.

The 25-year-old scored five tries at the recent Women's Rugby World Cup that included a stunning solo effort in the final against New Zealand.

Thompson, who is currently with the England Women Sevens squad, has scored 32 tries in 38 games for the senior side as well a 12 tries in 10 outings during 2017, including a hat-trick against Wales in the Six Nations

She is nominated alongside Kelly Brazier (New Zealand), Portia Woodman (New Zealand), Romane Menager (France) and Safi N’Diaye (France).

England captain Sarah Hunter won the award for the best player in the world last year, with four previous English winners in Michaela Staniford (2012), Carol Isherwood (2008), Maggie Alphosi (2006) and Shelly Rae (2001).

The winner will be announced at the World Rugby Awards at the Salle des Etoiles in Monte Carlo on 26 November.

"It’s an incredible honour to be nominated for World Rugby Women's player of the year," said Thompson.

"I have been so lucky to have learnt from and played with so many talented players, not only last season, but throughout my career. It’s a huge surprise and I’m humbled to be nominated."