- U20 caps Gatlin, Edwards and Peedle play for London seniors
- Programme gets going after cold weather postponement
The London & South East team has been named to meet the South West as this season's RFUW Divisional Programme for seniors makes a delayed start at Newbury RFC on Sunday (February 26).
Both teams will be looking to get their season off to a good start with the first matches two weeks ago having being postponed due to the cold weather.
London & SE will be captained by Saracens flanker Leah Morley, and the division’s Talent Identification Officer, Maggie Alphonsi, said: “We are expecting a good game against the South West.
“This fixture last season was a very tight match that ended in a draw.
“The London & South East team has a good mix of players with three England U20s players – lock Ellie Gatlin (Saracens and Hertfordshire), centre Hannah Edwards (Wasps and Middlesex) and full back Georgia Peedle (Saracens and Hertfordshire) – returning to the starting line up.”
The squad also includes Leanne Riley (Saracens and Hertfordshire) and Emily Scott (Thurrock and Essex) who were involved in the England Sevens side that reached the final of the inaugural Women’s Sevens Challenge Cup at the Emirates Airline Dubai 7s in December.
For all the London & South East players it is a chance to impress as they seek to represent England Women in the future.
Players at Under 15, Under 18 and senior level can progress from club rugby to representing their county, their division and their country through the Rugby Football Union for Women Divisional Programme which forms an integral part of the RFUW Player Pathway.
Saracens flanker Hannah Gallagher made her debut for England Women this month in the 47-0 win in Scotland having progressed through the pathway programme.
Alphonsi also reported on the progress of the division’s Under 18 and U15 squads.
“Last weekend we saw London and South East U15s get their divisional season off to a great start with a very good win against the South West which saw Jessica Breach score a hat trick. The final score was 52-17.
“The U18s had a tough game against the South West which saw the South West pull away in the second half to win the game 38-19. The performances of both teams was fantastic and I was impressed with the standard of all of our players.”
London & SE Women Seniors v South West at Newbury RFC, February 26, 2012:
15 Georgia Peedle (Saracens and Hertfordshire)
14 Christine Lawrence (Lakenham Hewett and Eastern Counties)
13 Hannah Edwards (Wasps and Middlesex)
12 Kate Hodgkinson (Lakenham Hewett and Eastern Counties)
11 Leanne Riley (Saracens and Hertfordshire)
10 Tina Lee (Wasps and Surrey)
9 Georgia Cooke (Richmond and Surrey)
1 Sasha Acheson (Saracens and Eastern Counties)
2 Katherine Evans (Saracens and Hertfordshire)
3 Ellisha Dee (Old Albanians Saints and Hertfordshire)
4 Sara Anastasi (Richmond and Surrey)
5 Ellie Gatlin (Saracens and Hertfordshire)
6 Claire Phelps (Lakenham Hewett and Eastern Counties)
7 Leah Morley (Saracens and Middlesex, capt)
8 Nicola Hoole (Richmond and Surrey)
16 Laura Kapo (Richmond and Surrey)
17 Nat McClarnon (Saracens and Essex)
18 Debbie McCormack (Medway and Kent)
19 Becky Roby (Saracens and Hertfordshire)
20 Emily Scott (Thurrock and Essex)
21 Holly Myers (Trojans and Hampshire)
22 Louise Meadows (Saracens and Middlesex)
23 Becky Essex (England 44)
Head Coach David Mobbs Smith, Assistant Coach James Cooper, Manager Helen Richardson, Physio Lara Ryan.
Women’s Seniors’ fixtures 2012:
February 26: North v Midlands, Blackwell Meadows Darlington, 2pm; South West v London & South East, Newbury RFC, 2pm.
Midlands v London & South East, Five Ways OE, Worcester, 1pm; South West v North, Stroud RFC, 3pm.