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RFU Podcast - England squad blend right for NZ clashes

30 October 2009

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  • England Women’s head coach, Gary Street discusses preparations for NZ series
England's Fran Matthews and Wales winger Louise Rickard battle for the ball

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England Women’s head coach, Gary Street, has told this week’s RFU.com podcast that his squad has the right mix of youth and experience, as they prepare for a landmark series against world champions New Zealand.

"It's a really exciting squad with four new players and looks really promising," said Street.

"We've got a player like Amy Garnett, who's got nearly 80 caps for England, then a really exciting group of 18 to 19 year-olds blooded last year like Emily Scarratt, Fran Matthews and Fi Pocock coming through."

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Street's side is in action against New Zealand on November 14 at Esher (4pm), then at Twickenham on November 21 (4.45pm). Entry to the stadium is free from 4.15pm. England A take on New Zealand at Esher on November 17 (7pm).

It's a key part of the build-up to the 2010 IRB Women's Rugby World Cup being staged in London in August and September with the home side aiming to break the Black Ferns' run of three World Cup triumphs.

John Fletcher's England Under 18 side are also preparing to face Southern hemisphere opposition. The side are unbeaten in the past two years and fresh from defeating South Africa 45-13 in Kimberley this summer.

"Only three players from the squad in South Africa are back this season so this is an important camp for us and one where we lay down our values and get the bulk of our rugby preparation work done," Fletcher told the RFU.com podcast.

The next generation are currently training at Bisham Abbey, with a game against Australia Schools on the horizon on December 12 at Sale's Heywood Road ground in the North West.

Also in the podcast, we also hear from two young forwards, Leeds Carnegie lock Dominic Barrow and Worcester Warriors back row forward Matt Kvesic.