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England Women’s squads announced

24 May 2012

  • 12 newcomers in Women’s EPS
  • 15 new players in England U20s squad
Michaela Staniford celebrates

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The England Women’s Elite Playing squad (EPS) and England Women’s Under 20s squad for the 2012/13 season have been named.

The EPS, which has been selected through the traditional England trial process, the RFUW Divisional Programme and the England Sevens Open Trials, includes 12 newcomers.

In the forwards Lichfield’s Emily Braund and Rosemarie Crowley, Richmond’s Emma Croker and Alexandra Matthews, Saracens’ Hannah Gallagher and Bristol’s Kate Newton are all included.

Braund featured in this season’s Six Nations and European Cup campaigns, Croker returned to action after having a baby, Crowley and Newton also both featured in this month’s winning European Cup, while Gallagher and Matthews both graduate from the England U20s programme.

In the backs, Natasha Brennan, Lauren Cattell, Fiona Davidson, Abigail Chamberlain, Ceri Large and Sally Tuson are all given the nod.

Brennan made her England Sevens debut last weekend in Amsterdam, Cattell and Davidson step up from the England U20s set-up, Chamberlain returns to the EPS system, whilst Large and Tuson both impressed at the European Cup last week.

England Head Coach Gary Street said: “We have a number of players new to the EPS this season and the England coaching team have a lot of confidence in these players as all of them have had some international experience, in either XVs or Sevens this term. These players have been knocking on the door of the EPS so this is a natural progression for them. With these players having international experience under their belts already it puts the England set-up in a very strong position.

“Overall, this is a very fresh and exciting squad, and having the likes of Lauren Cattell and Alex Matthews included, who are just 18 and 19 respectively, underlines the quality and strength we have got for the forthcoming season but also for the future of England Rugby.”

The EPS will compete in another rigorous and competitive international programme in 2012/13. The XVs will take on France and New Zealand over the autumn, followed by the Six Nations Championship in the New Year. In the summer, England will also travel to New Zealand and the USA to take on the world champions in a three-test series and then compete in the Nations Cup.

England Sevens meanwhile will compete in the inaugural IRB Women’s World Sevens Series and then the Rugby World Cup Sevens in Russia in June if they qualify.

Street added: “The 2012/2013 season will unquestionably be one of the most demanding seasons ever. We have very comprehensive XVs and Sevens programmes in place as we build towards the World Cup in 2014 in France and also with the Sevens World Cup in 2013.”

England Women's U20

Abi Chamberlain runs with the ball

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The England U20s squad includes several new faces this season with a number of outgoing players graduating out of the age-group this season. There are 15 newcomers in all and these include North Dorset’s Lucy Aylesbury, Newquay Hornet’s Lauren Chemoweth, Worcester duo Mary-Anne Gittings and Siobhan Longdon-Hughes, Hartpury’s Megan Goddard, Basingstoke’s Francesca Hall, Thornbury’s Tatyana Henard, London Irish’s Amber Luke and Rochelle Smith, Plymouth’s Holly Molesworth, Paviours’ Amy Needham, Lichfield’s Carys Williams, Waterloo’s Eleanor Prescott and Aylesford’s Florence Williams. Kayleigh Callaway-Bawden also returns to the England U20s set-up after a year out.

The England U20s will once again be coached by Amanda Bennett and Steve Halsey this season and they will take on France in home and away games as well as compete in the U20s Nations Cup in England.

Andy Paton, the RFUW’s Player Development Manager, said: “I am really pleased to see so many players graduate into the EPS this season. The likes of Lauren Cattell, Fiona Davidson, Kate Newton, Emily Braund and Sally Tuson have all been involved in the RFUW Player Pathway, be it through the England U20s, the Divisional Programme or the RFUW Talent Development and Sevens Squads.

“This U20s squad is a young and exciting group of players, with a lot of potential. Certainly the quality of players’ trialling this season has once again improved and that just underlines how well our player pathway is working. The U20s will train throughout the summer with the EPS and work on their core and unit skills in preparation for a tough season of competitive international rugby.”

England Women EPS 2012/2013

Margaret Alphonsi (Saracens)
*Emily Braund (Lichfield)
*Natasha Brennan (Wasps)
Rachael Burford (Richmond)
Rowena Burnfield (Richmond)
*Lauren Cattell (Chesham)
*Abigail Chamberlain (Richmond)
Rochelle Clark (Worcester)
*Emma Croker (Richmond)
*Rosemarie Crowley (Lichfield)
*Fiona Davidson (Richmond)
Rebecca Essex (Richmond)
Heather Fisher (Worcester)
Victoria Fleetwood (Lichfield)
*Hannah Gallagher (Saracens)
Sarah Guest (Worcester)
Sophie Hemming (Bristol)
Natasha Hunt (Lichfield)
Sarah Hunter (Lichfield)
Laura Keates (Worcester)
*Ceri Large (Worcester)
Ruth Laybourn (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks)
La Toya Mason (Wasps)
*Alexandra Matthews (Richmond)
Katy Mclean (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks)
Katherine Merchant (Worcester)
Harriett Millar-Mills (Lichfield)
*Kate Newton (Bristol)
Isabelle Noel-Smith (Bristol)
Kimberley Oliver (Bristol)
Marlie Packer (Bristol)
Claire Purdy (Wasps)
Amber Reed (Bristol)
Alice Richardson (Richmond)
Georgina Rozario (Lichfield)
Emily Scarratt (Lichfield)
Michaela Staniford (Wasps)
Tamara Taylor (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks)
Lydia Thompson (Worcester)
Amy Turner (Richmond)
*Sally Tuson (Bristol)
Danielle Waterman (Worcester)
Joanne Watmore (Worcester)
Kay Wilson (Bristol)

England Women U20s Squad 2012/2013 (Name, Club, CB, Division, AASE College)

*Lucy Aylesbury (North Dorset RFC, Dorset & Wilts, South West, Hartpury)
Bianca Blackburn (Gloucester Reds, Gloucestershire, South West, Hartpury)
*Kayleigh Callaway-Bawden (Bristol/Penryn, Cornwall, South West)
*Lauren Chenoweth (Newquay Hornets, Cornwall, South West)
Mica Evans (Saracens, Hertfordshire, London & South East)
Ellie Gatltin (Saracens, Essex, London & South East)
Courtney Gill (Plymouth Albion, Devon, South West, Hartpury)
*Mary-Anne Gittings (Worcester RFC, Gloucestershire, South West)
*Megan Goddard (Hartpury RFC, Gloucestershire, South West, Hartpury)
*Francesca Hall (Basingstoke RFC, Hampshire, London & South East)
*Tatyana Heard (Thornbury RFC, Yorkshire, North, Hartpury)
*Siobhan Longdon-Hughes (Worcester RFC, Surrey, London & South East, Hartpury)
*Amber Luke (London Irish, Surrey, London & South East)
*Holly Molesworth (Plymouth Albion, Devon, South West, Hartpury)
*Amy Needham (Paviors, Notts, Lincs & Derbys, Midlands, Moulton)
Charlotte Notman (Penryn RFC, Cornwall, South West)
Georgia Peedle (Saracens, Hertfordshire, London & South East)
Eleanor Prescott (Waterloo RFC, Lancashire, North)
Catherine Pugh (Saracens, Essex, London & South East)
Leanne Riley (Saracens, Hertfordshire, London & South East)
Abbie Scott (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks, Northumberland, North)
*Rochelle Smith (London Irish, Surrey, London & South East)
*Carys Williams (Lichfield, Staffordshire, Midlands, Moulton)
*Florence Williams (Aylesford, Kent, London & South East)

* indicates new squad member