|Weight||78kg (12st 3lb)|
Since first playing at the age of eight at Monmouth, Isabelle Noel-Smith has climbed the representative ladder with England U19, U20, Sevens and A teams and took the final step to a first Test cap off the bench for Alexandra Matthews against France at Châteaurenaud in November 2011.
Three months later she scored a maiden try at that level against Scotland in the opening Six Nations Championship match. The following week she made her first Test start in another runaway win over Italy at Recco before playing off the bench for Marlie Packer against France.
Isabelle figured in the England squad for the IRB Women’s World Series tournament in Dubai in November last year. She started the opening game against South Africa and was also in the run-on side for the Plate semi-final against Canada.
Things have moved on rapidly for Isabelle with an appearance against New Zealand in Auckland last July, followed by four more caps in the Nations Cup in the USA.
Well travelled, Isabelle was educated at Haberdashers’ Aske’s, Monmouth School, Doha College in Qatar and Exmouth Community College. As well as obtaining ten GCSEs and A-levels in physical education, English Literature and Leisure & Recreation, she is a Level 2 rugby coach and Level 2 gym instructor.
She completed four years of studying Coach Education and Sports Development at Bath University, where she was a member of the victorious BUCS Trophy side in 2010 and 2011 and is a primary physical education teacher at the Paragon School in Bath. Isabelle has been Bristol Ladies Players’ Player for two seasons and the coaches’ player for 2011-12.
Her successes include the Nations Cup from 2006-08, being vice captain of her university team and touring Canada with England U20. Susie Appleby, the Bristol Women’s and assistant England Sevens coach, is now her guiding influence.
Isabelle’s father Michael, who represented England Probables and the Army, introduced her to the game and brother Will, a Maximuscle Fitness Model in 2009, appeared for an England President’s XV and Exeter University. A second brother, Harry, has been playing for Exmouth RFC.
She figured at hooker up to the age of 12 before figuring in every back row position. Her previous clubs were Cullompton (2005-07) and Bath (2007-09). Isabelle’s best experience so far was being in the winning England U20 side in the Nations Cup on a pitch set next to Lake Ontario in the pouring rain on her 20th birthday.
Last updated: August 13, 2013