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Chamberlain and Thompson call-ups for England Women

01 November 2013

  • Scarratt and Merchant ruled out of Autumn Internationals
  • England set to play France and Canada
England's Abigail Chamberlain

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Richmond’s Abigail Chamberlain and Worcester’s Lydia Thompson have been called up to the England Women squad to compete in this month’s Autumn International series against France and Canada.

Chamberlain replaces Emily Scarratt and Thompson replaces Katherine Merchant, who have both been ruled out of England’s game against France on November 9 (Twickenham) and against Canada on November 13 (Twickenham Stoop) because of injuries.

Centre Chamberlain made her England debut in this year’s Six Nations and has since gone on to earn eight international caps. Thompson, meanwhile, has nine caps and made her debut in the 2012 European Cup.

England Squad

Sasha Acheson (Bristol)
Claire Allan (Richmond)
Margaret Alphonsi (Saracens)
Emily Braund (Lichfield)
Rachael Burford (Thurrock)
Rowena Burnfield (Richmond)
Abigail Chamberlain (Richmond)
Rochelle Clark (Worcester)
Emma Croker (Richmond)
Becky Essex (Richmond)
Vicky Fleetwood (Lichfield)
Hannah Gallagher (Saracens)
Sophie Hemming (Bristol)
Natasha Hunt (Lichfield)
Ceri Large (Worcester)
Ruth Laybourn (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks)
La Toya Mason (Wasps)
Katy Mclean (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks)
Harrier Millar-Mills (Lichfield)
Marlie Packer (Wasps)
Claire Purdy (Wasps)
Amber Reed (Bristol)
Michaela Staniford (Wasps)
Tamara Taylor (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks)
Lydia Thompson (Worcester)
Kay Wilson (Bristol)

England Autumn International series:

  • Nov 9, England v France, Twickenham Stadium, KO 5.05pm, live on Sky Sports 2 and BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra. Free entry to Twickenham Stadium following England Men’s QBE International.
  • Nov 13, England v Canada, The Twickenham Stoop, KO 7pm, live on www.rfu.com/englandwomenlive and BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra. Tickets are available via www.ticketmaster.co.uk (0844 847 2492) and www.quins.co.uk (0208 410 6000). Tickets are priced £10 for adults and £5 for under 16s.