Rugby Scottish try-scoring sensation Rhona Lloyd on finding the right balance: ‘It will be rugby first – the job stuff can come later’

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Rugby Rhona Lloyd in training for Loughborough Lightning RFC at Loughborough University
Lloyd was instantly hooked to rugby after Sarah Quick came to her school to lead a taster session

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John Robertson 

Rhona Lloyd took up rugby after Scotland international Sarah Quick came to her school in Edinburgh to lead a taster session. Lloyd was instantly hooked and joined Quick’s club soon afterwards.

Fast forward to 2016 and Quick was in the team when Lloyd made her Scotland debut against England in the Six Nations.

“It was really cool how that came back around. I now love going into schools – it was literally how I got involved. Just from meeting somebody that was nice and encouraging,” says Lloyd.

The winger has gone on to amass 25 caps for Scotland by the age of 23 and is in her second season with Loughborough Lightning. After an injury-plagued first season, Lloyd has stood out in the Tyrrells Premier 15s, scoring 10 tries in just six league appearances – four more than anyone else.

She plays down her incredible try-scoring record, attributing it to playing outside world-class internationals including “literally the best player in the world” in Emily Scarratt. Loughborough certainly boast a star-studded squad which includes Katy Daley-Mclean, World Rugby Player of the Year Scarratt and England captain Sarah Hunter. But Lloyd’s remarkable pace is the key to her ability to get over the try-line.

Lloyd plays while completing a masters at Loughborough University alongside an analyst internship with British Athletics

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John Robertson

Lloyd is playing while also completing a masters at Loughborough University and doing an analyst internship with British Athletics. 

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