Debut: vs Bradford 15/4/18
Honours: Challenge Cup 2017, 2018; League Leaders Shield 2017, 2018; Grand Final 2017
Lois is the club captain and was the first signing for Leeds Rhinos women in 2019. She has one of the smartest rugby brains in the game and is known for her professionalism and work ethic. She was a standout performer in 2018 and was recognised by her peers winning the players player of the year award. Unfortunately a serious injury has ruled her out of 2019 but she’s focussed on her rehab and we all hope she will be back as soon as possible.
Lois began playing rugby with her local club East Leeds aged seven and she went onto play for Middleton Marauders, which later changed to Hunslet Hawks Girls and then joined Bradford Bulls. At the Bulls she played a starring role in their first season in the inaugural Women’s Super League and was an ever present as the side won the Challenge Cup and Grand Final.
The hooker was nominated for the first Woman of Steel award in 2018 and was named the Sportswoman of the Year at the Leeds Sports Awards in 2019. She has won 18 caps for England, making her international debut in 2009 and going on to play in the 2013 and 2017 World Cups, where she featured in all the team’s games. In 2018 she was named the first-ever Women’s Player Ambassador. Lois has continued to prove she can perform at the highest level and on the big stage and was the Player of the Match in both the 2017 Grand Final with Bradford and the 2018 Challenge Cup Final with Leeds.
Last season an ACL injury brought her season to a premature end, but she continued to play a massive role in the team as well as the Academy in a coaching role. Ahead of the 2019 she has been named club captain and alongside her role with the Women’s team she will continue her valuable work with Leeds Rhinos Foundation as their Women and Girls Development Officer where she supports the growth of the women’s game through her work in schools and clubs.