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- 12. October 2011.
England Women's Squad announced for France test series
The England Women’s squad to take on France in two international
tests next month in France has been announced.
England Head Coach Gary Street has named a relatively young side sprinkled
with some seasoned internationals as England look to build towards a
three-match series against world champions New Zealand later this year and
then defend their Six Nations crown in 2012.
Lichfield’s Sarah Hunter will captain the side which includes seven
uncapped players in Hannah Gallagher, Rose Jay, Ceri Large, Alexandra
Matthews, Harriet Millar-Mills, Lydia Thompson and Isobel Noel-Smith. Both
Gallagher and Matthews will make the step up from the England U20s squad.
Worcester prop Rochelle Clark is England’s most experienced player
with 61 caps and she is joined by ten players who featured in the 2010 Rugby
England, who last played France in the 2011 Six Nations and won 16-3, will
play their rivals on November 2nd in Marseille and on November 5th in
Aix-en-Provence. The first game against France will be an uncapped match,
with the second a full on test international.
Street said: “Playing France in France is always a massive challenge
and provides our young players with invaluable experience as they will taste
the fierce and tense atmosphere that games in France always create. At the
same time these tests represent a great opportunity as we look forward to
our matches against New Zealand and then the Six Nations next year. We need
to ensure we have strength in depth for the season ahead.
“All our uncapped players have come through our under 20s system so
have a great deal of experience but this will be another big step up for
them and it will be interesting to see how they cope in this sort of
environment. It will also be a chance for some of our more experienced
players to show what they can do and put their hands up ahead of the New
Rose Jay (Lichfield)
Ceri Large (Worcester)
Kimberley Oliver (Bristol)
Alice Richardson (Richmond)
Mowden Park Sharks)
Taylor(Darlington Mowden Park Sharks)
Lydia Thompson (Worcester)
England Women Autumn International Series
Nov 2nd France v England, Jean Bouin Stadium, Marseille, KO 6pm GMT
Nov 5th France v England, Aix-en-Provence, KO 2pm GMT
Nov 26th England v New Zealand, Twickenham Stadium, KO 5pm
Nov 29th England v New Zealand, Esher RFC, KO 7pm
Dec 3rd England v New Zealand, Esher RFC, 2pm