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Lydia Thompson


Key Facts

Height1.7m (5'7")
Weight69kg (10st 12lb)


You can’t really do much better than score a hat-trick of tries on your England debut, and 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.

Lydia is a speedy winger with an eye for the try line and although she hasn't played in a World Cup, she says the 2010 tournament was a significant part in her rugby journey. “The Women’s 2010 RWC final between New Zealand and England is an important moment in my rugby career as it inspired me to carry on playing and aim to play for my country,” she said.

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, her partner and an England Deaf player, as one of her mentors along with father Keith, who played National League basketball and ran for Birchfield Harriers.

Outside of rugby, Lydia works as an occupational therapist after obtaining a degree in the 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).

Last updated: July 1, 2014

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