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England Women U20 team named for Wales clash

05 May 2010

  • Lichfield’s Vicky Fleetwood returns to the squad to start at hooker
  • England U20s Programme Manager Tom Stokes expects physical test from Wales

Worcester lock Amy Millar in action for England

Photo: Getty Images

England Women Under 20s will be looking to end their season on a high note with a second victory over Wales this season when they meet at Taffs Well RFC in Wales on Sunday, May 9 (2pm).

The Red Roses last faced their home nation rivals a month ago on home soil and triumphed 17-7 after an impressive second half display. This time around they’ll be looking to make an immediate impression to secure two international wins from three this season.

England’s young guns will be coached by Newbury Coach Ben Sturnham and Newcastle’s Mark Laycock for this encounter, with Programme Manager Tom Stokes over seeing proceedings.

The coaches have made just a handful of changes from the team that defeated Wales in April with Lichfield hooker Vicky Fleetwood starting. Hove’s Amy Wilson-Hardy and Worcester’s Sophie Watkiss are also promoted from the bench.

Bristol’s Marlie Packer also returns from injury but starts the game as a replacement while her club team mate Charlotte Male again captains the side. Welwyn’s Emily Scott, who scored a brace of tries last time out against Wales, also starts at fly half.

England U20s Programme Manager Tom Stokes said: "As we expected Wales were very physical and tested our defensive organisation throughout last time. This time we’re expecting much of the same. However it will be vital that we continue to be clinical in attack, be aggressive in the contact area and to take our chances by doing the simple things consistently well."

England Women’s Under 20 Team to face Wales
Player Club
15 Kay Wilson Richmond
14 Rebecca Hughes Bristol
13 Amy Wilson-Hardy Hove
12 Amber Reed Bristol
11 Sophie Watkiss Worcester
10 Emily Scott Welwyn
9 Fiona Davidson Richmond
1 Sasha Acheson Shelford
2 Vicky Fleetwood Lichfield
3 Charlotte Male (C) Bristol
4 Amy Millar Worcester
5 Stacey Maguire  Lichfield
6 Poppy Cleall Ellingham and Ringwood
7 Hannah Field Wasps
8 Nicola Hoole Bristol
Replacements
Player Club
16 Geraldine Thomas Old Albania Saints
17 Millie Fuggles Old Albania Saints
18 Sarah George University of Exeter
19 Marlie Packer Bristol
20 Hannah Gallagher Saracens
21 Jessie Flowers Oxford University
22 Garnet Mackinder Lichfield