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How does this new-look Red Roses Squad shape up?

The squad chosen by Simon Middleton to play in the Super Series 2019: Forwards Zoe Aldcroft (Gloucester-Hartpury) lock Sarah Beckett (Firwood Waterloo) flank/8 Sarah Bern (Bristol Bears) THP Hannah Botterman (Saracens) LHP/THP Poppy Cleall (Saracens) 8/flank/lock Vickii Cornborough (Harlequins) LHP Lark Davies (Worcester Warriors) hooker Chloe Edwards (Harlequins)* THP Sarah Hunter (Captain, Loughborough Lightning) 8

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The Red Roses – Verdict – an exceptional squad of players

This is one spectator’s reading of the qualities that went to make up such an exceptional squad of players: Sarah Hunter Astonishing work-rate from a centurion. Her tackle-scores are scarcely credible and she links with her outside support more than ever. She led a highly talented team with obvious pride and pleasure. Zoe Aldcroft Her

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England v Italy – No Concessions!

Six Nations – Round 4 – England v Italy, Sandy Park Exeter The moment Simon Middleton announced his side to meet the Italians, we could see the outline of a potential XV to take the World Cup in two year’s time. Little room for sentiment here – the contracted players who have been mere extras

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28 Professional Contracts announced – The Die is cast

Here is the full list of the first full-time professional women rugby players: Zoe Aldcroft (Gloucester-Hartpury Womens RFC) Sarah Beckett (Firwood Waterloo Ladies) Sarah Bern (Bristol Bears Women) Hannah Botterman (Saracens Women) Jess Breach (Harlequins Ladies) Jo Brown (Loughborough Lightning) Shaunagh Brown (Harlequins Ladies) Rachael Burford (Harlequins Ladies) Rowena Burnfield (Richmond FC)* Bryony Cleall (Saracens

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