Source: England Rugby

England Rugby name U20 squad and U18 Talent Development Group

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England Women have included 14 new players to the U20 squad next season.

Of the 31 players named in the squad, a number gained international experience earlier this year having being involved in two matches against France.

England Women U20 will come together again this summer to take on Canada during a two-week residential camp in Nottingham in August.

Among the names returning to the squad is Poppy Leitch, who gained three senior England caps during the 2016 Six Nations, as well as Sarah Bern, Zoe Harrison and Abbie Dow, who all proved influential in the France games.

Coach Jo Yapp said: “We were really impressed with the quality of rugby we saw at the recent trials and that really demonstrates how the standard is improving year-on-year.

“We are now excited to see how this group of players progress and develop throughout the programme. Our next camp is at the start of July where we will have both this season and last season’s squads in training. This camp will allow us to select players for the three tests against Canada in August.

“While this group will be joining the existing squad in July, we have also told those not selected that the door is always open. If they perform well at their clubs, we will consider bringing them in.”

The England Women U18 Talent Development Group (TDG) for next season was also announced today, with 49 names included in the squad.

For the first time this year, the U18s group took part in two fixtures against their Canadian counterparts.

Divisional Talent Development Officer and TDG Programme Lead Alex Austerberry said: “The TDG programme has a strong history of developing players. We aim to help them understand the demands of the game, developing all areas, on and off the field. We want to develop future senior players who are not only confident and competent, but have the skills required to flourish on the international stage.”

Of the 2015-16 National Talent Development Group, 12 players have been selected in to the England U20 squad for the forthcoming season.

Among others, Poppy Leitch, Sydney Gregson and Lotte Clapp have recently moved from the TDG programme to gain international honours, while sevens player and Olympic hopeful Abbie Brown is another who has gone on to represent England in both the 15 and seven-a-side formats.

Yapp added: “With the Olympics this summer followed by the World Cup in Ireland next year, this is a hugely exciting time for women’s rugby. World Cup winners and Olympic hopefuls Emily Scarratt, Kay Wilson, Natasha Hunt, Marlie Packer, Amber Reed, Vicky Fleetwood and Alex Mathews were all part of the player pathway that included the U20 and TDG programmes.”

England Women U20 v Canada Women U20 games at Nottingham Trent College

  • 1st test                 Thursday 18 August, KO tbc
  • 2nd test               Monday 22 August, KO tbc
  • 3rd test                Friday 26 August, KO tbc

England Women U20 squad 2016/17 (Name (Club, University/AASE))

Holly Aitchison (Lichfield, Hartpury College)
Zoe Aldcroft (DMP, Northumbria University)
Lucy Attwood (Olney)*
Harriet Austin (Saracens)*
Leah Bartlett (Loughborough, Loughborough College)*
Sarah Bern (Bristol, University of Gloucestershire)
Jess Breach (Pulborough)
Taz Bricknell (Bristol, Hartpury College)*
Abbie Dow (Wasps)
Morgan Freeman (Beckenham)*
Ellie Gilbert (Exeter Saracens, Hartpury College)*
Zoe Harrison (Welwyn, Hartpury College)
Poppy Leitch (Bristol, University of Exeter)
Ella Levy (Saracens, Kingston University)*
Chantelle Miell (Bristol, University of Bath)
Molly Morrissey (Lichfield, University of the West of England)
Rosanna Moynihan (Welwyn, Hartpury College)*
Ellie Mulhearn (Cleve)*
Ellena Perry (Welwyn, Hartpury College)
Michaella Roberts (Camborne)*
Sally Stott (Vale of Lune, Edinburgh University)
Sophie Tandy (Basingstoke)
Linzi Taylor (DMP, Northumbria University)
Laura Tolley (Aylesford Bulls)*
Lagilagi Tuima (Devonport Services)*
Emma Uren (Esher)
Hannah West (Wasps, Brunel University)
Charlie Wilcock (Waterloo, Bishop Burton)*
Anna Wolf (DMP, Northumbria University)
Rachael Woosey (DMP, Bishop Burton)
Ella Wyras (Welwyn, Hartpury College)*
* new to the squad

England Women U18 Talent Development Group 2016/17 (Name (CB, Club, AASE))

Olivia Almond (Hertfordshire, Old Albanians)
Sarah Beckett (Lancashire, West Park, St Helens)
Jasmine Bell (Yorkshire, West Park, Leeds)
Jessica Berry (Dorset & Wiltshire, Weymouth & Portland RFC)
Esme Bird (Somerset, Yatton)
Hannah Botterman (Hertfordshire, Welwyn, Hartpury)
Brooke Bradley (Devon, Exeter, Saracens)
Holly Brando (Hertfordshire, Old Albanians)
Sophie Bridger (Dorset & Wiltshire, North Dorset)
Cara Brincat (Berkshire, Newbury)
Abi Burton (Yorkshire, Castleford)
Alice Burtonshaw (Kent, Beckenham, Hartpury)
Tilly Churm (Lancashire, Eccles)
Brook Clarke (North Midlands, Worcester)
Cara Clarke (North Midlands, Worcester)
Lizzie Cole (Devon, Devonport Services)
Tabitha Copson (Leicestershire, Market Harborough)
Chloe Dawe (Cornwall, Newquay, Bicton)
Emily Ferguson (Essex, Medway (Cluster) Rams)
Bryony Field (Yorkshire, West Park Leeds)
Amy Godwin (Somerset, Winscombe)
Francis Goss (Oxfordshire, Gosford All Blacks)
Amelia Harper (Kent, Aylesford)
Detysha Harper (Durham, Bishop Auckland)
Katie Harvey (Somerset, Cleve)
Rebecca Herring (East Midlands, Old Northamptonians)
Bronwen Jackson-Turner (Yorkshire, Castleford)
Tyne Jenkinson (Northumberland, Morpeth)
Imogen Keirl (Yorkshire, Castleford)
Ellie Kildunne (Yorkshire, West Park Leeds)
Sarah Kilmister (North Midlands, Worcester)
Orla McCallion (Northumberland, Rockcliffe)
Phoebe Murray (Hampshire, Ellingham & Ringwood)
Milly O’Donnell (Somerset, Cleve)
Ellie Pigford (Durham, Horden)
Connie Powell (Eastern Counties, Woodbridge/Sudbury)
Amy Relf (Leicestershire, Loughborough, Loughborough)
Sophie Richards (North Midlands, Worcester)
Lauren Rigby (Staffordshire, Lichfield, Loughborough)
Helena Rowland (Hertfordshire, Welwyn)
Beth Taylor (East Midlands, Old Northamptonians)
Jessica Thomas (Devon, Devonport Services)
Laura Thomas (North Midlands, Worcester)
Meg Varley (North Midlands, Worcester)
Louisa Ward (Sussex, Pulborough)
Cara Wardle (Hertfordshire, Welwyn)
Zoe Warrington (North Midlands, Worcester)
Poppy Wheway (Hampshire, Basingstoke)
Bethany Wilcock (Hampshire, Trojans)

Report courtesy of England Rugby