- 15 new players in U20s squad
- England to play France home and away
The England Women’s U20s squad for the 2013-14 season has been announced and includes 15 new starters.
England U20s Head Coach Amanda Bennett has named a young squad who will take on France home and away next season. Nine players are retained from the 2012-13 cohort including Worcester’s Megan Goddard, who captained the U20s this season and who could make her England seniors debut if capped in the Nations Cup tour this summer.
“The nature of U20s rugby is that there will always be a forced level of turnover but as well as that this year there has been even greater competition for places and new players have made a very strong claim for selection,” said Bennett, who will lead the England U20s team alongside Assistant Coach Steve Halsey.
“The increase in new players this season reflects the increased competition at this level and the quality of players moving up from U18s divisional rugby.
“We are really excited about the season ahead and playing France, who always provide us with a massive challenge. The management and players are going to have to ensure we are as best prepared as we can be for these matches. This means players working to a tough programme and us providing them with the best available support to raise performance standards and prepare them for the international stage.”
England Women U20s Squad 2013/2014 (name, club, CB, division, AASE college)
Lucy Aylesbury (Worcester, Gloucestershire, South West)
Bianca Blackburn (Worcester, Gloucestershire, South West)
*Abbie Brown (Hartpury, Devon, South West, Hartpury College)
*Jo Brown (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks, Durham, North)
*Henrietta Burkinshaw (Worcester, Yorkshire, North, Hartpury College)
Lauren Chenoweth (Worcester, Cornwall, South West)
*Scarlett Cooper-Wall (Worcester, Hertfordshire, South West)
*Lark Davies (Worcester, North Midlands, Midlands)
Courtney Gill (Worcester, Gloucestershire, South West)
Megan Goddard (Worcester, Gloucestershire, South West)
*Sydney Gregson (Welwyn, Hertfordshire, London & South East, Hartpury College)
Francesca Hall (Richmond, Hampshire, London & South East)
*Emma Harbage (Lichfield, Staffordshire, Midlands, Hartpury College)
*Devon Holt (Reading, Berkshire, South West, Hartpury College)
*Sophie Lee (Durham University, Durham, South West)
*Caity Mattinson (Worcester, Gloucestershire, North, Hartpury College)
Holly Molesworth (Bristol, Gloucestershire, South West)
*Rebecca Noon (Lichfield, Staffordshire, Midlands)
*Abbie Parsons (Reading, Berkshire, South West, Hartpury College)
Catherine Pugh (Saracens, Essex, London & South East)
*Rebecca Scholes (Glossop, Cheshire, North, Moulton College)
Rochelle Smith (Saracens, Surrey, London & South East)
*Rebecca Trist (Tyldesley, Lancashire, North, Moulton College)
*Lucie Wood (Worcester, Gloucestershire, South West)
*denotes new squad member