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Rugby - 02. February 2010.

England Womens A team announced for season opener

The England Women's A team to face the Nomads on Sunday February 7th, kick off 4pm at Esher RFC, has been announced.
England's Jane Leonard

The England Women's A team to face the Nomads on Sunday February 7th, kick off 4pm at Esher RFC, has been announced.

England A Head Coach Mike Barnett has named a strong starting line-up which includes Rosemarie Crowley and Jane Leonard who both featured in England's historic win over world champions New Zealand in November. Saracens' Sonia Green will captain the squad, which in total boasts nine capped players.

Barnett said: "This is a big season for all of the players. This is their opportunity to put their hands up for a place in the world cup squad which is less than seven months away. 'A' team rugby is all about development, and yes we want to win every game we play, but really this is all about staking their claim.

"The Nomads traditionally always provide a difficult challenge and they are always unpredictable, but that is great for our players. You never know what you are going to get and with so many former international players in their ranks they are always a difficult proposition."

England A will also play Spain and France A this season, as well as a second test against the Nomads.

England A

15 Georgina Roberts Darlington Mowden Park Sharks
14 Francesca Matthews Richmond
13 Abigail Chamberlain Richmond
12 Kimberley Oliver Bristol
11 Amber Penrith Worcester
10 Danielle Knight Lichfield
9 Georgina Rozario Bristol
1 Laura Keates Worcester
2 Emma Layland Richmond
3 Rosemarie Crowley Lichfield
4 Natalie Binstead Wasps
5 Jenny Brightmore Worcester
6 Gemma Sharples Worcester
7 Jane Leonard Lichfield / Army
8 Sonia Green (C) Saracens
16 Victoria Fleetwood Lichfield
17 Monica Lewinska Bristol
18 Marlie Packer Bristol
19 Sara Anastasi Richmond
20 Sarah Guest Worcester
21 Natasha Hunt Bristol
22 Jennifer Edwards Darlington Mowden Park Sharks

Head Coach Mike Barnett
Assistant Coaches Andy Paton & Matt Ferguson

England A Fixtures:

Feb 7th, England A v Nomads, KO 4pm Esher RFC
Feb 14th, Spain v England A, KO 1230pm local time, Gijon Las Mestas Stadium
March 13th, England A v Nomads, KO 530pm local time, Esher RFC
March 19th, France A v Spain, KO 515pm local time, Rennes Stade Velodrome
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