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London Irish ARFC to host England Women�s international fixtures

31 October 2007

October 31st, 2007

England Women's home international fixtures will all be hosted by London Irish ARFC this season, the Rugby Football Union for Women is pleased to announce.

The reigning RBS 6 Nations champions, who are ranked second in world, will play fixtures against the USA, Wales and Ireland this season. England A will also be in action against the USA and the Nomads at the Avenue in Sunbury-on-Thames.

The international action at Sunbury kicks-off on Wednesday December 12th when England A play the USA, kick-off 7pm, shortly followed by England's first international of the season against the USA on December 15th, kick-off 230pm. Entry to the England A game is free while entry to the England game is �3 for adults and �1 for Under 16s.

England next take to the field at the Avenue on February 2nd, 2008 for their first game of the RBS 6 Nations against Wales. They return to South West London for their final game of the tournament against Ireland on March 15th. England A will also be in action against the Nomads on that same weekend.

England Head Coach Gary Street said: "London Irish ARFC is a fantastic facility and over the years the club have been very supportive of women's rugby and all the work the RFUW do so I am delighted that we will be playing all our home games at London Irish this season.

"The club is in an area that is a real hot-bed of rugby within London and the country and it has a fantastic rugby tradition. England women last played at Sunbury against Ireland in the Six Nations a couple of years ago and it was a very successful international.

"It also has a superb playing surface which will give us the opportunity to play the style of rugby we want to play and I am sure that we will see some more fantastic games of rugby here this season. With it being so close to Twickenham it will give the England teams  a real feeling of a true home fixture."


Claire Allen   Centre   Saracens
Margaret Alphonsi  Flanker   Saracens
*Sara Anastasi          Lock        Richmond    
Charlotte Barras      Full-back   Saracens   
Sarah Beale            No. 8/lock       Leos   
Natalie Binstead      Lock  Wasps
Rachael Burford      Centre   Saracens
Rochelle Clark        Prop   Henley
Rosemarie CrowleyProp   Lichfield
Samantha Dale       Hooker   Worcester
Becky Essex           Second & back-row  Richmond
Amy Garnett            Hooker   Saracens
Sophie Hemming     Prop   Clifton
Sarah Hunter           Back-row   Lichfield
*Vicki Jackson           Full-back/centre       Lichfield
*Samantha JamiesonHooker   Darlington Mowden Sharks
Karen Jones             Back-row   Richmond
Emma Layland         Hooker   Richmond
*Tina Lee                   Centre   Clifton
Jane Leonard           Back-row        Wasps/Army
Vicky Massarella      Full-back/centre      Saracens
*Fran Matthews         Centre                     Richmond
*Joanna McGilchrist  Lock   Wasps
Katy McLean            Fly-half   Darlington Mowden Sharks
Katherine Merchant  Wing   Worcester
Amber Penrith          Wing   Cardiff Quins
Fiona Pocock           Wing   Richmond
*Helen Price              Wing   Waterloo
*Claire Purdy             Prop   Wasps
Shelley Rae             Fly-half   Wasps
Alice Richardson     Fly-half   Richmond
Georgina Roberts    Centre   Darlington Mowden Sharks
Georgina Rozario    Scrum-half   Plymouth Albion
*Gemma Sharples     Flanker Worcester
*Heidi Shelburg         No.8   Wasps
Harriet Slynn            Scrum-half   Richmond
*Katherine Smith        Prop   Richmond
Catherine Spencer   No.8   Worcester
Michaela Staniford   Centre   Wasps
*Alexandra Stevens   Lock  Lichfield
Katy Storie                Prop   Blaydon
Tamara Taylor          Lock     Darlington Mowden Sharks
Amy Turner               Scrum-half   Richmond
Danielle Waterman    Wing   Clifton

*new England Elite Squad member