Source: RFU

England Women Under 20 to play Canada and USA

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England Women U20 head coach Jo Yapp has announced a 26-player squad to travel to Canada in August.

England Women U20 will face Canada Women U20 twice and USA Women U20 once during the three-match series. The three games will be available live online via www.rugby.ca.

Of the 26 players selected, there are three new players to the squad, with Jessica Cooksey, Ellie Green and Bethany Wilcock named for the first time. Abigail Dow, Zoe Harrison, Lagilagi Tuima and Hannah Botterman all represented the Red Roses during the 2017/18 season but return to the age group for the tour.

Matches will be hosted at Acadia University (Wolfville) and Wanderers Grounds (Halifax) on Friday 10 August, Tuesday 14 August and Saturday 18 August.

England Women U20 last played Canada Women U20 in a three-Test series at Trent College, Nottingham in 2016 with England winning the series 3-0. The side last played USA Women U20 in the 2013 Nations Cup, losing 17-27 again at Trent College, Nottingham.

England Women U20 head coach Jo Yapp said: “This tour to Canada is a fantastic opportunity for us. It allows us to build on the time we’ve already had together this season as a squad and continue developing the players that are coming through the women’s pathway.

“Getting to play three away matches, including against Canada in Canada will be a tough challenge, but also an exciting opportunity for this group of players. We can’t wait to get out there and know this tour, like any international one, will offer a great learning experience for the squad.”

England Women U20 squad 2018/19 (Club, University/AASE)

Lucy Attwood (Bristol Ladies, Bristol University)
Leah Bartlett (Loughborough Lightning, Loughborough University)
Sarah Beckett (Firwood Waterloo Ladies, N/A)
Hannah Botterman (Saracens Women, N/A)
Brooke Bradley (Bristol Ladies / Exmouth Community College)
Cara Brincat (Worcester Valkyries / Worcester University)
Jessica Cooksey (Winscombe / Hartpury College)*
Tabitha Copson (Gloucester-Hartpury Women /Hartpury College)
Hollie Cunningham (Bristol Ladies / Exeter University)
Abigail Dow (Wasps Ladies / Imperial College London)
Rosie Galligan (Saracens Women / Loughborough University)
Akina Gondwe (Worcester Valkyries /Worcester University)
Ellie Green (Harlequins Ladies, N/A)*
Detysha Harper (Firwood Waterloo Ladies, N/A)
Amelia Harper (Loughborough Lightning /Loughborough College)
Zoe Harrison (Saracens Women / Middlesex University)
Victoria Laflin (Worcester Valkyries/ Worcester University)
Ellie Mulhearn (Bristol Ladies, N/A)
Phoebe Murray (Bristol Ladies / Bristol University)
Ellena Perry (Saracens Women / Coventry University)
Connie Powell (Gloucester-Hartpury Women / Hartpury College)
Lilian Stoeger-Goddard (Bristol Ladies / Plymouth Marjons University)
Lagilagi Tuima (Bristol Ladies / Exeter University)
Charlie Wilcock (Worcester Valkyries, N/A)
Bethany Wilcock (Trojans Rugby /Brockenhurst College)*
Ella Wyrwas (Saracens Women, N/A)

* denotes new player to the squad

England Women U20 fixtures

Friday 10 August – Canada Women U20 v England Women U20, Acadia University (Wolfville), KO 10.30pm BST
Tuesday 14 August – USA Women U20 v England Women U20, Acadia University (Wolfville), KO 10.30pm BST
Saturday 18 August – Canada U20 v England Women U20, Wanderers Grounds (Halifax), KO 8.00pm BST

Courtesy of the RFU

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