|Weight||68kg (10st 9lb)|
You can’t really do much better than score a hat-trick of tries on your England debut but that’s just what Lydia managed to do when she was called into the national team for a game against Spain in the 2012 European Cup. Two of her three touchdowns came in the space of only four minutes. No that the Worcester winger stopped there and her injury-time try against France in the same competition is now the stuff of a kids sporting comic. Picking up the ball late, late into the game she dashed 60 metres to get over the line to bring England victory. She has thus far scored nine tries in nine games for her country, some start.
Lydia’s first rugby experience was at the age of 11 in the South Staffordshire Tag tournament for Blakeley Heath Primary School. She later attended Ounsdale High in Wombourne and King Edward VI College in her home town of Stourbridge. She played for the local club, based in Stourton, from 2004-06 and appeared at age group level for Worcester before stepping up to the senior squad at Sixways three years ago. She credits Tom Cowdale, an England Deaf player, as one of her mentors, along with father Keith, who played National League basketball and ran for Birchfield Harriers. The Worcester coaches and first team squad provide her with all the inspiration she needs.
Outside of rugby, Lydia works as an occupational therapist after getting a degree in that very discipline at the University of Derby and she is employed as a Social Inclusion Development Worker in Gloucestershire for 2gether NHSFT (the NHS foundation trust).
As for her rugby heroes. “Well, I look up to the legends of Brian O’Driscoll and Waisale Serevi,” she said although she also admires Sonny Bill Williams and Chris Ashton. Can you spot a pattern emerging?
Last updated: February 24, 2014