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Gloucester-Hartpury well represented in England National Academy and U20s squads

Gloucester-Hartpury well represented in England National Academy and U20s squads
England Women have announced a 23-player squad for their two National Academy fixtures this November and an U20 squad for the 2018-19 season.

Sasha Acheson, Ellie Underwood and Millie Wood are all named in the National Academy squad while Iona Antwis, Shauna Bennett, Tabs Copson, Connie Powell and Emma Sing feature in the U20s squad.  

The development side will face a USA Women’s Selects team at Newbury RFC on Tuesday 13 November (KO 7.30pm) and Canada Women A at Cobham RFC on Wednesday 21 November (KO 7.30pm).

Of the 23 players named, six have represented the Red Roses and four have recently toured with England Women U20.

Rosie Galligan (Saracens), Ellie Green (Harlequins), Detysha Harper (Firwood Waterloo) and Ella Wyrwas (Loughborough Lightning) all represented England U20 during their 3-0 series win in Canada in August.

Sasha Acheson (Gloucester-Hartpury, 5 caps), Rowena Burnfield (Richmond FC, 47 caps), Lauren Cattell (Saracens, 23 caps), Poppy Leitch (Bristol Bears, 6 caps), Charlotte Pearce (Loughborough Lightning, 4 caps) and Millie Wood (Gloucester-Hartpury, 3 caps) have all previously gained international experience with England Women.

The squad will train separately to the Red Roses, who play the three-Test Quilter Internationals through November, coached and managed by a combination of senior England Women and England Women U20 coaches.

England Women Head Coach Simon Middleton said:

“The National Academy fixtures have become an integral part of our international talent ID and development programme. The two-game series gives us a chance to look at players just outside the Quilter International squad but who are excelling in the Tyrrells Premier 15s.”

Both games are free entry for fans.

Following their recent selection camp, head coach Jo Yapp has selected an England Women U20 squad for the 2018/19 season.

Megan Davey (Loughborough Lightning), Ellie Green (Harlequins), Detysha Harper (Firwood Waterloo) and Ella Wyrwas (Loughborough Lightning) have been selected for both the National Academy and the age group squad.

New names to the squad include:

Iona Antwis (Gloucester-Hartpury), Teya Ashworth (Harlequins RFC/Aylesford), Shauna Bennett (Gloucester-Hartpury), Charlie Budge (Bristol Bears), Carys Cox (Worcester Valkyries), Megan Davey (Loughborough Lightning), Merryn Doidge (Bristol Bears), Bryony Field (Loughborough Lightning), Ebony Jefferies (Bristol Bears), Florence Long (Bristol Bears), Jodie Mallard (Wellingborough), Laura Perrin (Firwood Waterloo), Ellen Ramsbottom (Loughborough Lightning), Anya Richmond (Loughborough Lightning), Emma Sing (Gloucester-Hartpury), Lucie Skuse (Bristol Bears), Jessica Thomas (Bristol Bears), Megan Varley (Worcester Valkyries) and Louisa Ward (Harlequins).

The U20s will play three fixtures this season, against the Army and then home and away to France (details TBC).

Yapp said:

“Following our tour in the summer, we have seen a number of U20 players selected into the Red Roses squad ahead of the Quilter Internationals.

“This provides an opportunity for new players who have come through the pathway. This season we have seen a number of good performances at club level in the Tyrrells Premier 15s, which is proving a great platform for player development.

“We are now looking forward to building towards the three games later in the season.”

As a result of a number of players progressing into the U20 from the Talent Development Group (TDG), seven additional players have been recruited to the TDG.

The seven players are: Scarlett Fielding (Ellesmere Port), Orla McCallion (Percy Park RFC), Lily Culf (Old Brodleians), Sadia Kabeya (Streatham Croydon RFC), Amber Kirwan (Hackney RFC), Abi Kershaw (Oswestry RFC), Georgina Tasker (Mansfield RUFC).

England Women National Academy Squad November 2018

Sasha Acheson (Gloucester-Hartpury), Rowena Burnfield (Richmond FC), Beth Blacklock (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks), Amelia Buckland Hurry (Bristol Bears), Lauren Cattell (Saracens), Bryony Cleall (Saracens), Elizabeth Crake (Wasps FC Ladies), Megan Davey (Firwood Waterloo Ladies), Chloe Edwards (Harlequins), Rosie Galligan (Saracens), Ellie Green (Harlequins), Detysha Harper (Firwood Waterloo), Katherine Hobson (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks), Olivia Jones (Loughborough Lightning), Rachel Laqeretabua (Richmond FC), Poppy Leitch (Bristol Bears), Clara Nielson (Bristol Bears), Becky Noon (Loughborough Lightning), Charlotte Pearce (Loughborough Lightning), Ellie Underwood (Gloucester-Hartpury), Hannah West (Wasps FC Ladies), Millie Wood (Gloucester-Hartpury), Ella Wyrwas (Loughborough Lightning)

England Women U20 Squad 2018/19 season

Iona Antwis (Gloucester-Hartpury), Teya Ashworth (Harlequins RFC/Aylesford), Shauna Bennett (Gloucester-Hartpury), Cara Brincat (Worcester Valkyries), Charlie Budge (Bristol Bears), Tabitha Copson (Gloucester-Hartpury), Carys Cox (Worcester Valkyries), Hollie Cunningham (Bristol Bears), Megan Davey (Loughborough Lightning), Merryn Doidge (Bristol Bears), Bryony Field (Loughborough Lightning), Akina Gondwe (Worcester Valkyries), Ellie Green (Harlequins), Amelia Harper (Loughborough Lightning), Detysha Harper (Firwood Waterloo), Ebony Jefferies (Bristol Bears), Florence Long (Bristol Bears), Jodie Mallard (Loughborough Lightning), Phoebe Murray (Bristol Bears), Laura Perrin (Firwood Waterloo), Connie Powell (Gloucester-Hartpury), Ellen Ramsbottom (Loughborough Lightning), Anya Richmond (Loughborough Lightning), Emma Sing (Gloucester-Hartpury), Lucie Skuse (Bristol Bears), Jessica Thomas (Bristol Bears), Megan Varley (Worcester Valkyries), Louisa Ward (Harlequins), Beth Wilcock (Trojans), Ella Wyrwas (Loughborough Lightning)

England Women National Academy fixtures

V USA Women’s Selects

Tuesday 13 November, KO 7.30pm

Newbury RFC

V Canada Women A

Wednesday 21 November, KO 7.30pm

Cobham RFC
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