Jo Yapp announces England U20 squad to play Canada

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England Women U20 coach Jo Yapp has announced the match day 23 to face Canada on Friday 10 August at Acadia University, Wolfville.

The match is available live online via Rugby Canada with kick off at 10.30pm BST in the first of a three-game tour for England Women U20.

Bristol Ladies outside centre Phoebe Murray captains the side for the first time, having previously captained England U18 Sevens, while Harlequins fly half Ellie Green and Trojans centre Bethany Wilcock will both be looking to come off the bench for their first England game.

Red Roses’ Lagi Tuima, Abigail Dow and Zoe Harrison, who all appeared during the 2018 Six Nations and have five international caps each, lend their experience to the starting 15.

Due to injury (ankle), Tabitha Copson has been replaced in the squad by Darlington Mowden Park Sharks forward Rianna Manson, who is named on the bench.

Yapp said: “We arrived in Canada on Monday and the squad have recovered well, acclimatising to the humidity and warm temperatures.

“This is a really exciting team with a mix of experienced players alongside some talented youngsters that are stepping up from the TDG for the first time.

“We are really pleased with how the players have bonded as a squad in such a short space of time and adapted to the tour environment.

“Having watched Canada and USA play this week in the first game the players are really excited about the challenge that the next few weeks will bring and cannot wait to get out and play Canada in the first test.”

Canada U20 overcame USA U20 on Tuesday, winning 36-12 with four tries from captain Sophie de Goede.

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 side to face Canada Women U20

15. Lagilagi Tuima (Bristol Ladies / Exeter University), 14. Abigail Dow (Wasps Ladies / Imperial College London), 13. Phoebe Murray (Bristol Ladies / Bristol University) ©, 12. Lucy Attwood (Bristol Ladies, Bristol University), 11. Lilian Stoeger-Goddard (Bristol Ladies / Plymouth Marjons University), 10. Zoe Harrison (Saracens Women / Middlesex University), 9. Brooke Bradley (Bristol Ladies / Exmouth Community College); 1. Ellena Perry (Saracens Women / Coventry University), 2. Leah Bartlett (Loughborough Lightning, Loughborough University), 3. Ellie Mulhearn (Bristol Ladies, N/A), 4. Rosie Galligan (Saracens Women / Loughborough University), 5. Hollie Cunningham (Bristol Ladies / Exeter University), 6. Amelia Harper (Loughborough Lightning /Loughborough College), 7. Charlie Wilcock (Worcester Valkyries, N/A), 8. Sarah Beckett (Firwood Waterloo Ladies, N/A)

Replacements: 16. Connie Powell (Gloucester-Hartpury Women / Hartpury College), 17. Akina Gondwe (Worcester Valkyries /Worcester University), 18. Detysha Harper (Firwood Waterloo Ladies, N/A), 19. Rianna Manson (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks/ York St. John University), 20. Cara Brincat (Worcester Valkyries / Worcester University), 21. Ella Wyrwas (Saracens Women, N/A), 22. Ellie Green (Harlequins Ladies, N/A), 23. Bethany Wilcock (Trojans Rugby /Brockenhurst College)

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