Source: Rikki Teml

England Women’s EPS and Under 20s squads announced

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The England Women Elite Player Squad (EPS) and England Women Under 20s squad for the 2015-2016 season have today (Wednesday) been announced. The 51-woman EPS sees six new players called up, although only two players are uncapped at international level; Saracens Zira Hanley and Worcester’s Courtney Gill. Lauren Cattell, Rachael Lund, Fiona Pocock and Isabelle Noel-Smith are the other new names added to the EPS.

Players warming up at England Women's Summer Tour Training Camp, Surrey Sports Park, Guildford, England on 28th May 2015.

Players warming up at England Women’s Summer Tour Training Camp, Surrey Sports Park, Guildford, England on 28th May 2015.

The EPS will compete in two autumn internationals fixtures in November (details TBC), the Six Nations championship and the HSBC Sevens World Series over the season.

England Women’s Head Coach Simon Middleton said: “As we continue to develop our squad for the future, this EPS has been selected with our focus on our defence of the 2017 Rugby World Cup, our ongoing Sevens programme as well as getting the positional balance right across the board.

“I am excited to welcome back four players who have already been involved in the EPS programme while Zira Hanley and Courtney Gill are players who are improving all the time and really deserve the opportunity to step up to the next level.

“With such a busy calendar this is going to be another big year for England women’s rugby. It is therefore important we build on the momentum of developing players as we look to balance our XVs and Sevens ambitions.”

In the England U20s squad there is also a raft of changes, with 17 new players coming into the 31-woman squad. The team will be coached by former England captain Jo Yapp (Head Coach).

The England U20s will play the Army in February and France home and away in March as well as an international summer tour.

EPS 2015-2016

Sasha Acheson (Bristol)

Claire Allan (Richmond)

Bianca Blackburn (Worcester)

Emily  Braund (Lichfield)

Natasha Brennan (Richmond)

Abbie Brown (Bristol)

Rachael Burford (Thurrock)

Rowena Burnfield (Richmond)

*Lauren Cattell (Saracens)

Rochelle Clark (Worcester)

Amy Cokayne (Lichfield)

Victoria Cornborough (Richmond)

Emma Croker (Richmond)

Heather Fisher (Thurrock)

Victoria Fleetwood (Saracens)

Hannah Gallagher (Saracens)

*Courtney Gill (Worcester)

*Zira Hanley (Saracens)

Natasha Hunt (Lichfield)

Sarah Hunter (Bristol)

Megan Jones (Bristol)

Laura  Keates (Worcester)

Heather Kerr (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks)

Ceri Large (Worcester)

Ruth Laybourn (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks)

Justine Lucas (Lichfield)

*Rachel Lund (Worcester)

La Toya Mason (Wasps)

Katie   Mason (Bristol)

Alexandra Matthews (Richmond)

Francesca Matthews (Richmond)

Sarah McKenna (Saracens)

Katy Mclean  (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks)

Harriet Millar-Mills (Lichfield)

Marlie Packer (Wasps)

*Fiona Pocock (Richmond)

*Isabelle Noel-Smith (Bristol)

Amber Reed  (Bristol)

Alice Richardson (Richmond)

Leanne Riley (Saracens)

Emily  Scarratt (Lichfield)

Emily  Scott (Thurrock)

Abbie  Scott (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks)

Michaela Staniford  (Wasps)

Tamara Taylor (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks)

Lydia  Thompson (Worcester)

Katie   Turnball (Lichfield)

Danielle Waterman (Bristol)

Joanne Watmore (Richmond)

Kay Wilson (Thurrock)

Amy Wilson-Hardy   (Bristol)

England Under 20s 2015-2016 Squad

*Holly Aitchison (Lichfield, Hartpury College)

Zoe Aldcroft (Hartpury, Northumbria University)

Sarah Bern (Bristol, University of Gloucestershire)

*Jessica Breach (Pulborough)

May Campbell (Wasps, Brunel University)

Abby Dow (Reading)

*Sydney Gregson (Bristol, University of Bath)

*Zoe Harrison (Welwyn, Hartpury College)

Lottie Holland (Bath, University of Bath)

Jessie Hood (Bath, University of Bath)

Olivia  Jones (Bristol, Cardiff Metropolitan University)

*Poppy Leitch (Bristol, University of Exeter)

*Hannah Luff  (Bristol, Bicton College)

Caity Mattinson (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks, Northumbria University)

*Catriona McNaney (Bristol, University of Exeter)

*Chantelle Mielle (Bristol, University of Bath)

Becky Noon  (Lichfield, Nottingham Trent University)

*Sue Neumann  (Bristol, Bristol University)

Lucy Nye (Lichfield, Loughborough University)

Cath O’Donnell (Waterloo, University of Liverpool)

*Ellena Perry (Welwyn, Hartpury College)

Jade Shekells (Hartpury, Cardiff Metropolitan University)

*Kelly Smith (Worcester, Hartpury University)

*Jeanine Stephenson (Welwyn)

*Sally Stott (Vale of Lune, Edinburgh University)

*Linzi Taylor (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks, Northumbria University)

Katie Trevarthen (Lichfield, Coventry University)

*Emma Uren (Esher)

*Hannah West (Wasps, Brunel University)

*Anna Wolf (Bristol, University of Exeter)

Millie Wood (Lichfield, University of Gloucestershire)

* Denotes new squad member

Release courtesy of the RFU

Photo above of Izzy Noel-Smith by Rikki Teml