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England Women’s A team announced for European Trophy final

06 May 2011

  • Seven changes for England Women's A to play Spain
  • Experienced line-up named to contest European Trophy final
Sarah Hunter, who will start at No.8 for England A against Spain in the European Trophy final

Photo: RFU Archive

England A Women’s Head Coach Mike Barnett have named his side to take on Spain in the final of the European Trophy on Saturday in Coruna, Spain, kick off 4pm BST.

Barnett has made seven personnel changes and one positional alteration to the side that defeated Russia 39-0 on Wednesday. There are 11 players in the starting line-up who have been capped at full international level and Lichfield prop Rosemarie Crowley will once again lead the side.

England A booked their place in the final after a 5-0 victory over Italy A, a 36-0 win over Netherlands A and a 39-0 win over Russia A. Spain, meanwhile, also have an unblemished record with a 18-3 victory over Sweden, a 12-11 win over France and a 119-0 demolition of Finland.

England A last met Spain over a month ago in England and triumphed 34-7 but Barnett is expecting Spain to be a completely different proposition with home support on their side.

Barnett said: "Playing Spain at home will mean a great atmosphere is guaranteed which I think all the players will rise to. The Spanish are always a tough nut to crack especially when playing on home soil and we will need to play with patience but also accuracy and be clinical when the scoring opportunities arise.

"We are really looking forward to the final after three tough pool games. The squad have developed well over the tournament and now we have the chance to put all the hard work throughout the year at training and in pre tournament games together and perform to our best in this final game. Our main aim of the season has been to win the European Trophy and we now have reached the final stage of the journey and have the opportunity to finish the job off and take home the trophy.

"We are really happy with the way the girls have coped with the punishing schedule and we are exactly where we wanted to be at this point in the tournament. Selection has been very difficult because so many of the players have put in good performances over the tournament. We believe we have a nice balance of youth and experience in the starting line up."

England Women's A side to face Spain 

15 Natasha Hunt (Lichfield)
14 Michaela Staniford (Wasps)
13 Georgina Roberts (Darlington Mowden Park)
12 Ceri Large (Worcester)
11 Fran Matthews (Richmond)
10 Kim Oliver (Bristol)
9 Georgina Rozario (Lichfield)
1 Claire Purdy (Wasps)
2 Victoria Fleetwood (Lichfield)
3 Rosemary Crowley (Lichfield) (C)
4 Tamara Taylor (Darlington Mowden Park)
5 Rowena Burnfield (Richmond)
6 Marlie Packer (Bristol)
7 Jane Leonard (Wasps)
8 Sarah Hunter (Lichfield)

Replacements:

16 Ollie Poore (Wasps)
17 Monica Lewinska (Bristol)
18 Nicola Hoole (Bristol)
19 Isabelle Noel Smith (Bristol)
20 Sarah McKenna (Old Albanians)
21 Amber Reed (Bristol)
22 Kay Wilson (Richmond)
23 Charlotte Male (Bristol)
24 Natasha Jones (Lichfield)
25 Stacey Maguire (Lichfield)
26 Sophie Nicholas (Lichfield)

England European Trophy Results

Saturday April 30 – Italy v England, KO 3pm BST, WON 5-0
Monday May 2 – Netherlands v England, WON 36-0
Wednesday May 4 – Russia v England, WON 39-0
Saturday May 7 – Finals Day, KO 4pm BST