- Midlands face South West in rearranged Divisional match
- Coach Cook aims to build on North performance
Peter Cook, head coach of Midlands Women, is looking for a more clinical approach from his side when they take on the South West in a rearranged RFUW Divisional Championship match at Whitchurch’s Edgeley Park ground on Sunday March 11 (2pm).
The Midlands competed well against the North last month but did not finish off their chances and were beaten 24-14.
“I'm looking forward to a similar performance from the team in terms of the commitment and desire shown during the last match,” said former Leicester Tigers prop Cook.
“However I would like to think that having played together now we can start turning the pressure into points by being more clinical with our basic core skills and finish off some of the line breaks we were making against the North.
“We are expecting the South West to be a very strong team and looking forward to testing are core skills under the pressure they will put us under.”
The RFUW Divisional Programme forms an integral part of the RFUW Player Pathway, which can see players go from playing club rugby to representing their county. Current England stars who have qualified through this pathway include most recently Emily Braund, who got her first cap for England last month in the RBS 6 Nations against Scotland.
Players selected for the Divisional Programme have been selected by their Constituency Body and if they are successful could go on to try out for England , or qualify for the Under 18s and Under 15s RFUW National Talent Development Groups, which looks to develop the future talent of England Women’s rugby.
Midlands v South West
15 Liz Polson (Lichfield and Staffordshire); 14 Kelly Robertson (East Midlands ASSE), 13 Nancy Stone (Camp Hill and North Midlands), 12 Laura Dowsett (Loughborough and Leicestershire), 11 Gemma Sharples (Lichfield and Staffordshire); 10 Natasha Jones (Lichfield and Staffordshire), 9 Fiona Jones (Lichfield and Staffordshire); 1 Stacy Tolley (Kereseley and Warwickshire), 2 Rebecca Williams (Lichfield and Staffordshire), 3 Roz Crowley (Lichfield and Staffordshire), 4 Stacey Maquire (Lichfield and Staffordshire), 5 Lucy Kirk (Lichfield and Staffordshire), 6 Justine Lucas (Loughborough and Leicestershire), 7 Caley Parnell (Lichfield and Staffordshire), 8 Emily Braund (Lichfield and Staffordshire). Replacements: Hannah Newsome (Nottingham and NLD), Milly Fuggles (Loughborough and Leicestershire), Jess Sippits (Lichfield and NLD), Alice-Mary Smith (Camp Hill and North Midlands), Dani Booth (Chesterfield and NLD).