- England looking to reverse French defeat
- Gill named as captain
England Women Under 20 Head Coach Amanda Bennett has made four changes for Saturday’s return clash against France U20s at Esher RFC (kick-off 2pm).
Following a 27-0 defeat to France earlier this month, Bennett has called up Lichfield’s Emma Harbage, Bristol’s Devon Holt and Loughborough’s Scarlet Cooper-Wall from the bench, while Worcester’s Emily Wood switches to the right wing. Worcester lock Courtney Gill will captain the side.
On the bench, two players could be set to make their international debuts with Lichfield duo Amy Cockayne and Sarah Nicholas named in the match-day 23.
Bennett said: “It's important that players selected for the U20s programme are exposed to competition so we are looking to the new players selected to step up and perform.”
England couldn’t cope with an on-form French team two weeks ago – Les Bleus ran in five tries to maintain their three-year unbeaten run.
“We learned from the first game in Beauvais and we're expecting players who faced France last time to take this on board,” added Bennett. “The Under 20 programme is about player development and there is no better opportunity to show progress than to face the same opposition again within three weeks.
“We certainly hope we can to close the gap on France this time around. One of the biggest lessons learned was the cost of individual errors and how few opportunities teams get at this level. Changes in one or two key areas can make a big difference on the day.”
England Women Under 20
15 Sydney Gregson (Welwyn, Hertfordshire, London & South East, Hartpury College)
14 Emily Wood (Worcester, Gloucestershire, South West, Hartpury College)
13 Abigail Brown (Worcester, Devon, South West)
12 Lauren Chenoweth (Worcester, Cornwall, South West)
11 Emma Harbage (Lichfield, Staffordshire, Midlands)
10 Megan Goddard (Worcester, Gloucestershire, South West)
9 Devon Holt (Bristol, Berkshire, South West)
1 Abbie Parsons (Bristol, Berkshire, South West)
2 Lark Davies (Worcester, North Midlands, Midlands)
3 Scarlett Cooper-Wall (Loughborough, Hertfordshire, South West)
4 Amy Wigley (Worcester, North Midlands, Midlands, Hartpury College)
5 Courtney Gill (Worcester, Gloucestershire, South West, captain)
6 Francesca Hall (Richmond, Hampshire, London & South East)
7 Lucie Wood (Bristol, Gloucestershire, South West)
8 Jo Brown (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks, Durham, North)
16 Amy Cockayne (Lichfield, Midlands)
17 Catherine Pugh (Lichfield, Essex, London & South East)
18 Henrietta Burkinshaw (Lichfield, Yorkshire, North)
19 Katie Turnbull (Bristol, South West)
20 Rebecca Trist (Worcester, South West)
21 Bianca Blackburn (Worcester, Gloucestershire, South West)
22 Sarah Nicholas (Lichfield, Staffordshire, Midlands
23 Rosemary Kells (Bristol, Gloucestershire, South West)
England U20s Results and Fixtures:
February 1: France Women U20s 27 England Women U20s 0, Stadium Pierre Brisson, Beauvais
February 22: England Women U20s v France Women U20s, Esher RFC, kick-off 2pm