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Rugby - 25. October 2007.

England Women’s 2007/2008 Elite Squad announced



Street, in his first season in charge, has named an exciting squad which includes 12 newcomers. The 44 players will be selected to play for England or England A. Both teams will take on the USA in December while England will also look to defend their RBS 6 Nations Grand Slam title for a third year on the bounce in February.


Street said: “This is a very exciting, fresh squad of players that I am relishing working with over the season. We have a real mix of short term and long term potential, with one eye on the 2010 IRB Women’s Rugby World Cup.


“In total there are 12 new faces in the squad. They’re all showing great potential and have put their hands up over the summer, playing club rugby and most recently in England trials. Now they have to make the next step-up.


“The players will have their first chance to show what they can do when we play the US on December 12th (England A) and December 15th (England) at London Irish’s Sunbury ground. These will be two tough international fixtures that will also help us select our Six Nations squad.”


There are three notable exclusions from the squad. England captain Sue Day has retired after an illustrious rugby career which has included RBS 6 Nations Grand Slam titles and three Rugby World Cups.


England fly-half Karen Andrew has also hung up her international rugby boots after six seasons of running out for the red roses as has wing Emily Cook, who amassed 33 caps after making her international debut in 1999.


Street added: “I would like to thank Sue, Karen and Emily for their commitment and effort during the several years they have been involved in international rugby. They have all been outstanding players for England and ambassadors for the game. We all wish them all the best for the future.”


Richmond duo Karen Jones and Alice Richardson have also been welcomed back into the squad after a year out.


ENGLAND WOMEN’S ELITE SQUAD 2007/2008


Claire Allen Centre Saracens

Margaret Alphonsi Flanker Saracens

*Sara Anastasi Lock Richmond

Charlotte Barras Full-back Saracens

Sarah Beale No. 8/lock Leos

Natalie Binstead Lock Wasps

Rachael Burford Centre Saracens

Rochelle Clark Prop Henley

Rosemarie CrowleyProp Lichfield

Samantha Dale Hooker Worcester

Becky Essex Second & back-row Richmond

Amy Garnett Hooker Saracens

Sophie Hemming Prop Clifton

Sarah Hunter Back-row Lichfield

*Vicki Jackson Full-back/centre Lichfield

*Samantha JamiesonHooker Darlington Mowden Sharks

Karen Jones Back-row Richmond

Emma Layland Hooker Richmond

*Tina Lee Centre Clifton

Jane Leonard Back-row Wasps/Army

Vicky Massarella Full-back/centre Saracens

*Fran Matthews Centre Richmond

*Joanna McGilchrist Lock Wasps

Katy McLean Fly-half Darlington Mowden Sharks

Katherine Merchant Wing Worcester

Amber Penrith Wing Cardiff Quins

Fiona Pocock Wing Richmond

*Helen Price Wing Waterloo

*Claire Purdy Prop Wasps

Shelley Rae Fly-half Wasps

Alice Richardson Fly-half Richmond

Georgina Roberts Centre Darlington Mowden Sharks

Georgina Rozario Scrum-half Plymouth Albion

*Gemma Sharples Flanker Worcester

*Heidi Shelburg No.8 Wasps

Harriet Slynn Scrum-half Richmond

*Katherine Smith Prop Richmond

Catherine Spencer No.8 Worcester

Michaela Staniford Centre Wasps

*Alexandra Stevens Lock Lichfield

Katy Storie Prop Blaydon

Tamara Taylor Lock Darlington Mowden Sharks

Amy Turner Scrum-half Richmond

Danielle Waterman Wing Clifton

*new England Elite Squad member

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