- England Women U20’s to play at Nations Cup in Santa Barbara
- We’re going out there to win it – Head Coach Amanda Bennett
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England Women’s Under 20 squad to compete in this summer’s U20 Nations Cup has been announced.
The tournament, which also includes the USA, Canada and South Africa will take place between the July 14- 23 at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
The England Women’s U20 side has enjoyed a successful season with wins over Wales (32-19), Scotland (77-0) and France (12-5) but are expecting a tournament with three very physical encounters.
Amanda Bennett, England Women’s Under 20 Head Coach, said: "We want to be up front and say that we want to go to the Nations Cup and win it but we have no doubt how hard that is going to be.
"We are not taking any of these games lightly, it will be fierce. We know that we will be facing extremely fit and physical opposition. There are no performance guarantees when it comes to this tournament.
"The USA and Canada have a history of producing incredible athletes and South Africa has dedicated time and resources in recent years to developing the women’s game."
Playing the home nations earlier in the year was important preparation for the squad and gives them a base level to improve upon.
“The fixtures in February and March were important for us to see the players training and exposed to tough competition. Our opposition won’t have had that opportunity so we are a step ahead,” added Bennett.
“When we meet for our training camp on the first weekend in July we are not going to reflect on what we have done but intend to take everything a step further, focusing in particular on our tactical and technical work.
“At some point the squad needs to know what it is like to train and play in a campaign like the Nations Cup because further down the line some of them might be going to a World Cup.”
England Women’s U20 squad
Poppy Cleall (Bristol, Hampshire, South West)
Fiona Davidson (Richmond, Surrey, London & South East)
Lucy Demaine (Bristol, Devon, South West)
Mica Evans (Exeter Saracens, Devon, South West)
Fiona Fletcher (Lichfield, Staffordshire, Midlands)
Hannah Gallagher (Saracens, Hertfordshire, London & South East)
Ellen Gattlin (Rochford Hundred, Essex, London & South East)
Sarah George (Bristol, Devon, South West)
Rebecca Hughes (Bristol, Somerset, South West)
Rose Jay (Lichfield, Staffordshire, Midlands)
Natasha Jones (Lichfield, Staffordshire, Midlands)
Charlotte Keane (Worcester, South West)
Emily Kingston (Gloucester, Gloucestershire, South West)
Ceri Large (Worcester, Gloucestershire, South West)
Katie Mason (Bristol, Somerset, South West)
Alexandra Matthews (London Irish, Surrey, London & SE)
Harriet Mills (Lichfield, Staffordshire, Midlands)
Charlie Notman (Newquay Hornets (Queen Bees), Cornwall, South West)
Megan Oaten (Thornbury, Dorset & Wilts, South West)
Amber Reed (Bristol, Somerset/Devon, South West)
Rachel Roberts (Gloucester, Gloucester, North)
Abbie Scott (Keswick, Cumbria,North)
Emily Scott (Thurrock, Essex, London & South East)
Geri Thomas (OA Saints, Hertfordshire, London & SE)
Daniker Willmore (Bristol, South West)
Amy Wilson-Hardy (Bristol, Sussex, South West)
England Women’s U20 Nations Cup fixtures
England v Canada (July 14)
USA v England (July 17)
England v South Africa (July 20)
Consolation Finals/Finals (July 23)