EX-GREYHOUND star Izzy-Noel Smith lined up for England today in their opening game of the the Women's Rugby World Cup today.

Defending champions England thrashed Spain 56-5 at the UCD Bowl in Dublin, Ireland, thanks to four tries from Kay Wilson.

Noel-Smith is a former pupil at Haberdashers' Monmouth School for Girls and played in the junior set-up at Monmouth Rugby Club before joining Greyhound.

She later starred for Cullompton, Bath and Bristol.

A forward who plays at openside flanker, 29-year-old Noel-Smith has now won 34 caps for England and has played in every match for country during the past two years, including wins against Australia, Canada and New Zealand.

England are next in action against Italy on Sunday before facing the USA next Thursday.