January 2nd, 2007
The England Women Under 19s squad will now play the USA as well as two tests against Canada in March and April this year.
The Rugby Football Union for Women (RFUW) have added the extra fixture to provide more competitive international competition for England's up and coming players.
England will play the USA on Sunday March 25th before taking on Canada on Wednesday April 4th and Sunday April 8th. All fixtures will be played at RAF Halton, near Aylesbury.
The Under 19s squad of 30 includes 10 players who also represented England at this level last season. In 2006 they played two tests against Canada in Canada winning 27-5, before conceding a 20-13 defeat.
Gary Street, England Under 19s Programme Manager, said: "The England Under 19s squad is a very important part of our development programme as we look to the long term development of our players for the next two World Cups in 2010 and 2014.
"Our development programme is clearly working as we currently have 19 players in the Elite 44 who have all played England Under 19s rugby. This includes the like of Maggie Alphonsi who was this week named the IRB's Women's Personality of the Year. She also played in the recent Rugby World Cup in Canada."
England Under 19s will be coached by Giselle Mather (head coach) and Ian Griffin (assistant coach).
England Under 19s squad
Dawn Avery Cullompton Ladies Prop
April Brown Saracens Fly Half
Rowena Burnfield Richmond Second-row
Hannah Clark OA Saints Hooker
Vicky Cornborough Petersfield RFC Prop
Georgina Crabb Camberley RFC Wing
Justina De Brett Crawley RFC Centre
Rachel Fraser Morpeth RFC Scrum-half
Sarah Guest Worcester RFC Scrum-half
Kate Hall Blaydon RFC Flanker
Emma Hill Coalville Ladies Centre
Nicola Hoole Trowbridge RFC Flanker
Lucinda Howland Folkestone RFC Second-row
Laura Keates Worcester RFC Prop
Holly Le Grave Basildon RFC Wing
Louise Leonard Blaydon RFC No 8
Fran Matthews Blaydon RFC Centre
Jo McBain North Tawton No 8
Sarah McKenna OA Saints Fly-half
Jenny Mills Worcester RFC Hooker
Isabelle Noel-Smith Cullompton Ladies Flanker
Marlie Packer Ivel Barbarians Flanker
Alice Pettit Blackheath RFC Hooker
Katie Pittaway Worcester RFC Fly Half
Helen Price Worcester RFC Wing
Emily Scarratt Leicester Forest Centre
Juliet Short Tyndale Panthers Flanker
Robyn Steward Coalville Ladies Second-row
Liz Tilley Bath RFC Wing
Meg Youdan Clifton RFC Full-back