A FORMER Greyhound player has set her sights on World Cup glory after helping England to two victories.

Izzy Noel-Smith has started in both of England’s Pool B victories against Spain and Italy, which were won 56-5 and 56-13 respectively.

England, the defending champions, play their final group clash against the USA at 2.30pm today.

“Women’s rugby is growing hugely and we are absolutely thrilled that our World Cup matches are being screened live on ITV,” said Noel-Smith, who went to Haberdashers' Monmouth School for Girls.

“The social media coverage for the competition is also incredible.

“Women’s rugby is about empowering young girls and women and giving them the opportunity to play sport.

"Sport teaches you important lessons in life such as team work and respect.”

A forward who can play as an openside or blindside flanker, Noel-Smith has won 34 international caps for the Red Roses and has played in every England match in 2016 and 2017, including wins against Australia, Canada and New Zealand.

The 29-year-old lived in Much Dewchurch for 11 years, and it was while living with her parents Mike and Elizabeth that she first took part in women’s rugby at Greyhound.

“I played between the ages of eight and 14 years old at Monmouth Rugby Club and then moved to the women and girls section at Greyhound in Hereford,” recalled Noel-Smith.

“I won my first England cap in 2011 but lost my place at the end of the 2013 season. However, I was recalled to the side in 2015 and I haven’t looked back.”