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Rugby - 16. May 2009.

England Women U20s to take on the USA, Canada and Wales in Nations Cup

England Women Under 20s will take on Wales, the USA and Canada as they bid to retain their Under 20s Nations Cup crown this summer.

The reigning Nations Cup champions will have home advantage on their side with the tournament being staged at Brunel University from July 9th - 18th.

The USA are new entrants to the tournament this year and they will open their championship campaign against Wales on July 9th. England meanwhile will take on Canada, a side they defeated twice last season, on the same day.

Nicola Ponsford, the RFUW's Head of Performance, said: "The U20 Nations Cup represents a fantastic opportunity for the players to play against the best U20 teams in the world and to put into practice all the skills they have been working on during the season.

"The tournament introduces players to the pressures of international rugby in a format that replicates the World Cup so coaches have the opportunity to see which players thrive in this arena. There will be no easy games so players will have to stand up and be counted throughout the tournament."

Ponsford added: "The U20s programme has developed a number of key players that have made the step up to senior rugby, including Emily Scarratt. Emily competed for the U20s in this tournament last year and has since gone on to score nine tries in eight games for England seniors."

Under 20s Nations Cup playing schedule:

July 9th
Wales vs. USA 5pm
Canada vs. England 7pm

July 12th

Canada vs. Wales, 130pm
England vs. USA, 330pm

July 15th
Canada vs. USA, 5pm
England vs. Wales, 7pm

July 18th

Consolation Finals, 130pm
Final, 330pm

England U20s squad 2008/2009

Sasha Acheson Sudbury Prop
Samantha Bree Worcester Wing
Alex Cook Bath Outside Centre
Victoria Cornborough Richmond Prop
Kimberley Davey Richmond Fullback
Hannah Field Reading Openside Flanker
Victoria Fleetwood Lichfield Hooker
Jessie Flowers West Park Scrum Half
Rose Fong Darlington Mowden Park Sharks Outside Centre
Claire Garner Leo Ladies Fly Half
Sarah Graham Richmond Inside Centre
Joanna Hart Camp Hill Outside Centre
Lizell Heather Kettering Wing
Nicola Hoole Bath Blindside Flanker
Natasha Hunt Bath Wing
Natasha Jones Lichfield Fly Half
Ceri Large Drybrook Fly Half
Garnet Mackinder Exeter Saracens Wing
Charlotte Male Plymouth Albion Prop
Natalie McClarnon Saracens Hooker
Sarah McKenna Old Albanian Saints Inside Centre
Amy Millar Reading Second Row
Harriet Mills Manchester Number 8
Davinia Monteiro Bath Hooker
Marlie Packer Bath Openside Flanker
Elizabeth Peak Dorchester Prop
Amy Phillips Aylstone St James Number 8
Bridgid Reeves Leo Ladies Blindside Flanker
Gemma Rowland Exeter University Outside Centre
Sophie Russell Loughborough Scrum Half
Juliet Short Darlington Mowden Park Sharks Second Row
Hannah Walker-Smart Paviours Scrum Half
Charlotte Wild Leeds Metropolitan Second Row
Megan Williams Welwyn Fullback
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