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England Women U20s announce squad for Nations Cup

24 May 2013

  • Ten players set to make their U20s debuts
  • England will play South Africa, Canada and the USA
England's Bianca Blackburn

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England Women Under 20s have announced their squad for this summer’s Nations Cup at Trent College in Nottingham.

England U20s Head Coach Amanda Bennett has made a number of changes for the tournament, which will see England take on South Africa, Canada and the USA in July.

Bennett has called up ten players who are set to make their U20s bow and they’ll be led by Bristol’s and Penryn’s Kayleigh Callaway-Bawden. Bianca Blackburn has been named as vice-captain.

“The Nations Cup squad shows a balance of U20s experience set against the raw talent of new players who we hope will step up to the mark on an international stage,” said Bennett. “The talent coming through the system gets stronger and more impressive each year.”

England head into the Nations Cup on the back of two defeats against France this season but they are the reigning tournament champions, and in fact have never been defeated in the Nations Cup.

“Because of our history in this tournament and it being on home turf there’s no doubt expectations are high. We have our goals for the tournament and, although we haven’t played the USA, Canada or South Africa since winning the 2011 Nations Cup, we do know that they will have been working hard and will offer a significantly tougher challenge this time around. We know our opposition will be physical and athletic whilst they also have some highly skilled individuals who can turn the game in a matter of seconds.”

England will play South Africa on July 11, Canada on July 14 and the USA on July 17. The final will be played on July 21.

England U20s (Club, CB, Region, AASE College)

Lucy Aylesbury (Worcester, Gloucestershire, South West)
Bianca Blackburn (Worcester, Gloucestershire, South West) VC  
*Abbie Brown (Hartpury, Devon, South West, Hartpury College)
*Jo Brown (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks, Durham, North)     
Kayleigh Callaway-Bawden (Bristol/Penryn, Cornwall, South West) C
Lauren Chenoweth (Worcester, Cornwall, South West)
Scarlett Cooper-Wall (Worcester, Hertfordshire, South West)
*Lark Davies (Worcester, North Midlands, Midlands)
Ellie Gattlin (Saracens, Eastern Counties, London & South East)
Courtney Gill (Worcester, Gloucestershire, South West)  
*Sydney Gregson (Hartpury College/Welwyn, Hertfordshire, London & South East, Hartpury College)
Francesca Hall (Richmond, Hampshire, London & South East)   
*Emma Harbage (Lichfield, Staffordshire, Midlands, Hartpury College)
*Sophie Lee (Durham University, Durham, South West)
*Caity Mattinson (Worcester/Hartpury College, Gloucestershire, North, Hartpury College)
Holly Molesworth (Bristol, Gloucestershire, South West)      
Charlotte Notman (Bristol, Cornwall, South West) 
*Abbie Parsons (Reading, Berkshire, South West, Hartpury College)
Georgia Peedle (Saracens, Hertfordshire, London & South East)
Eleanor Prescott (Waterloo, Lancashire, North)
Catherine Pugh (Saracens, Essex, London & South East)
Rachel Roberts (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks, Northumberland, North)          
*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 England U20s player

U20s Nations Cup playing schedule

July 11    
USA v Canada, KO 17.00
England v South Africa, KO 19.00

July 14
South Africa v USA, 14.00
Canada v England, 17.00

July 17
Canada v South Africa, 17.00
England v USA, 19.00

July 21
3th/4th Play-off, 14.00
Final, 17.00 

 

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