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Four Flags adorn the top of Lewis Ludlam’s Twitter profile page.
Those of Guyana, Palestine, Egypt and England represent his heritage — a cocktail of international ingredients that have made the country’s surprise World Cup package.
Ludlam was born and raised in Ipswich. His maternal grandmother Elaine was a Windrush generation West Indian from Guyana and, on his fathers’ side, Isis — his other grandmother — left Palestine for Lebanon, then the UK when trouble struck in the Gaza Strip.
A cocktail of international ingredients have made surprise World Cup package Lewis Ludlam
Height: 6ft 2in
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There are also Egyptian influences on his father’s side.
‘Quite a mix!’ smiled Ludlam – who was named in Eddie Jones’ World Cup squad the day after his England debut against Wales last Sunday having only trained with the national squad for two months.
‘Loads of different cultures, which means lots of nice food!’
Ludlam’s grandmothers’ moves meant his parents – Arron and Dorinda – grew up in Suffolk. They produced Lewis, now a heart-on-the-sleeve Englishman who was inspired by the heroes of 2003.
That much was clear when he sang a chest-puffing, eyes-welling rendition of ‘God Save the Queen’ at Twickenham last weekend before his first cap, channelling his rugby idol Lawrence Dallaglio.
Ludlam caught the eye with his passionate rendition of the National Anthem last Sunday
Ludlam describes himself as quite a ‘chilled’ 23-year-old usually – but when he caught his fathers’ dampening eye during the second verse, emotion effervesced out of him.
‘I caught sight of Dad in the crowd and to see him belting it out made me want to sing it that little bit louder too,’ he added.
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