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England Women’s U20 team announced to face South Africa

19 July 2011

  • Ten changes for England U20 for South Africa clash
  • Charlotte Notman and Georgia Peddle get their first starts of tournament
England Women's Under 20 sing the national anthem before a match against France

Photo: RFU Archive

The England Women’s Under 20 team to take on South Africa in the Nations Cup on Wednesday (kick off 4pm local time, 12am BST) in Santa Barbara has been announced.

Head Coach Amanda Bennett has made ten changes to the starting line-up with only full back Rachel Roberts, fly half Emily Scott, prop Sarah George, lock Ellie Gatlin and flanker Megan Oaten starting for a second successive game.

Bennett said: "Overall, we feel we are in a strong position. The squad is in good condition and in good spirits. The strength of the squad means we are able to give starts to Charlotte Notman and Georgia Peedle, which means that every member of our squad will have started a game in this tournament.

"We have had the opportunity to do our homework on South Africa, who clearly created a number of problems for Canada which I am sure we will no doubt have to face on Wednesday but we have prepared well for these."

England will be looking for their third victory on the bounce to secure their place in Saturday’s Nations Cup final after victories over Canada and the USA, both without conceding a point.

"We feel we are making significant progress not just in technical areas but also in our understanding of our opposition and in the way we have grown together as a squad,” added Bennett. “Ultimately we know we will need to perform well to win but our goals are focussed on the way we play as well as the final result."

Match action from the Nations Cup is available on http://www.ustream.tv/usarugby.

England Women's U20

15 Rachel Roberts (Gloucester Reds, Gloucestershire, North)
14 Georgia Peedle (Worcester, Hertfordshire, London & SE)
13 Amy Wilson Hardy (Bristol, Sussex, South West)
12 Natasha Jones (Lichfield, Staffordshire, Midlands)
11 Lucy Demaine (Bristol, Devon, South West)
10 Emily Scott (Thurrock, Essex, London & South East),
9 Charlotte Keane (Worcester, South West)
1 Millie Fuggles (Old Albanian Saints, Leicestershire, Midlands),
2 Charlotte Notman (Newquay Hornets (Queen Bees), Cornwall, South West),
3 Sarah George (Bristol, Devon, South West)
4 Ellie Gatlin (Rochford Hundred, Essex, London & South East),
5 Abbie Scott (Keswick, Cumbria,North)
6 Hannah Gallagher (Saracens, Hertfordshire, London & South East)
7 Megan Oaten (Thornbury, Dorset & Wilts, South West)
8 Poppy Cleall (Bristol, Hampshire, South West)

Replacements:

16 Geri Thomas (Old Albanian Saints, Hertfordshire, London & SE),
17 Mica Evans (Exeter Saracens, Devon, South West),
18 Harriet Mills (Lichfield, Staffordshire, Midlands)
19  Alex Matthews (London Irish, Surrey, London & SE)
20 Fiona Davidson (Richmond, Surrey, London & South East),
21 Amber Reed (Bristol, Somerset/Devon, South West),
22 Rebecca Hughes (Bristol, Somerset, South West),

Nations Cup results and fixtures 

England v Canada (July 15, KO 12am BST) WON 41-0
USA v England (July 18, KO 12am BST) WON 37-0
England v South Africa (July 21, KO 12am BST)
Consolation Finals/Finals (July 23, KO 10pm or 12am BST)