- England name side for Nations Cup opener
- South Africa are extremely competitive – Bennett
England Women U20s have named their side for the opening game of the U20s Nations Cup. Head Coach Amanda Bennett’s side face South Africa at Trent College on Thursday July 11, kick off 7.00pm.
England will also play Canada in their second game on July 14 and USA on July 17 before a finals day on July 21.
Ahead of the first game, Bennett said: “We’ve had a really good start to the camp. We have a strong squad of 26 and all players are fit for selection – which is excellent. We have three tough games coming up and we are selecting from a full quota, it has been tough to pick the side, but those are the challenges that you want.
“We have trained with real energy and the sessions have had real purpose. We’re coming up against some extremely well prepared teams and we know that we won’t be able to make mistakes.
“South Africa are extremely competitive; they work hard, they play smart, they have an aggressive defence and they will definitely be tough opponents. But we’re focusing primarily on ourselves, playing as a unit and performing to the best of our ability.”
England Women U20 starting XV to play South Africa
Name (Club, CB, Division, AASE Programme)
15 Georgia Peedle (Saracens, Hertfordshire, LSE)
14 Rosie Kells (Hartpury, Gloucestershire, South West)
13 Rochelle Smith (Saracens, Surrey, LSE)
12 Rachel Roberts (DMPS, Northumberland, North)
11 Holly Molesworth (Bristol, Gloucestershire, South West)
10 Florence Williams (Aylesford, Kent, LSE)
9 Devon Holt (Reading, Berkshire, South West, Hartpury College)
1 Amy Needham (DMPS, Northumberland, North)
2 Charlie Notman (Bristol, Cornwall, South West)
3 Ellie Prescott (Waterloo, Lancashire, North)
4 Ellie Gattlin (Saracens, Eastern Counties, LSE)
5 Courtney Gill (Worcester, Gloucestershire, South West)
6 Jo Brown (DMPS, Durham, North)
7 Kayleigh Callaway-Bawden (Bristol/Penryn, Cornwall, South West) (c)
8 Lucie Wood (Worcester, Gloucestershire, South West)
16 Lucy Aylesbury (Worcester, Gloucestershire, South West)
17 Catherine Pugh (Saracens, Essex, LSE)
18 Abigail Parsons (Reading, Berkshire, South West, Hartpury College)
19 Fran Hall (Richmond, Hampshire, LSE)
20 Rebecca Trist (Tyldesley, Lancashire, North, Moulton College)
21 Bianca Blackburn (Worcester, Gloucestershire, South West)
22 Rebecca Scholes (Glossop, Cheshire, North, Moulton College)
23 Chelsey Fuggle (Lichfield, Staffordshire, Midlands)