Lewis Ludlam is an England and Northampton Saints flanker who has enjoyed a spectacular ascent in the world of rugby. Four years prior to making his Test debut in August, Ludlam was playing in the Junior World Cup and his inclusion for the 2019 Rugby World Cup came completely out of the left field.
In 2018 he was battling to keep his rugby dream alive, with Northampton Saints considering him surplus to requirements. Fast forward a year and he had taken advantage of injuries within the team to establish himself in the Saints setup. Known for hard work, big tackles and in-game intelligence, Ludlam was a surprise selection for England’s 2019 World Cup squad.
Wearing his heart on his sleeve, Ludlam’s England debut resulted in widely shared social media content of Ludlam and his father belting out a tearful rendition of the national anthem on his debut versus Wales in June. Selection for the World Cup followed a lung-busting performance which immediately placed him in Eddie Jones’ final plans for the tournament. His first England start was incoming as he played against the USA in England’s World Cup opener.
Ludlam had various spells on loan before making his Saints breakthrough in 2016/17. In that season he played six times for the first team while helping the second team to win the Aviva A-League trophy. With Chris Boyd heading up Saints in 2018/19, Ludlam forced his way into his plans as Saints qualified for the 2019/20 European Champions Cup.
Three appearances and a try as England made their way into the 2019 Rugby World Cup Final proved Ludlam had become accustomed to rugby union at the highest level. Inspiring young people and people who aspire to overcome adversity, prove themselves and reach the top of their field, Ludlam’s stunning success story typifies the benefit of hard work, drive and determination.
Ideal for speeches and meet and greets at schools and businesses, Ludlam can discuss the themes of England’s remarkable journey, as well as his own fast-paced turnaround from unknown quantity to national treasure.
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