Scrum-half duo Natasha ‘Mo’ Hunt and Ella Wyrwas have been awarded Red Roses contracts.
Debuting against USA in 2011, becoming Red Rose 161, Hunt has featured 67 times for her country to date over the past decade, winning the Rugby World Cup in 2014.
She has impeccable knowledge of the game and has transferred her excellent club performances at title-winning Gloucester-Hartpury on to the international stage.
Head of Women’s Performance, Charlie Hayter, said: “Mo’s mindset to keep improving and push herself has seen her play some of the best rugby of her career over the past year.
“She suits the way we want to approach the game and her experience is invaluable. During the recent WXV campaign, she enhanced the Red Roses culture and has bought into what we are aiming to achieve on and off the field as we embark on our new journey.”
Wyrwas’ six England caps have all been earned in a stellar 2023 which has seen the 24-year-old contribute to a Grand Slam TikTok Women’s Six Nations title and success in the inaugural WXV competition.
Scoring her maiden try against Australia in October, the Saracens nine’s desire to enrich her performance makes her a deserving recipient of a Red Roses contract.
Hayter added: “Ella has taken the international opportunities during the 2023 Six Nations, and this year’s WXV with both hands.
“She has brought her club form into the Red Roses environment and continues to grow and develop. We are looking forward to working with Ella as a centrally contracted player and continue to see her exciting talent evolve.”
Hunt and Wyrwas will reunite with their international teammates in January 2024 as John Mitchell leads his first training camp as head coach ahead of the Women’s Six Nations.
Following last season’s record-breaking crowd against France at Twickenham Stadium, the Red Roses will once again host a standalone fixture at the home of English Rugby. Ireland will provide the visitors on Saturday, 20 April (KO 14:15).
Two rounds prior, England Women head to Ashton Gate, Bristol to take on Wales on Saturday. 30 March (KO 16:45).
Tickets for both matches are on sale priced from £5 for kids and £15 for adults*. England Rugby Hospitality packages are also available.
*Adult ticket prices for the Red Roses v Ireland Women match will increase by £5 following the completion of an early-bird window.
With thanks to England Rugby