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Rugby - 02. November 2007.

London Irish ARFC to host England Women’s international fixtures



The reigning RBS 6 Nations champions, who are ranked second in world, will play fixtures against the USA, Wales and Ireland this season. England A will also be in action against the USA and the Nomads at the Avenue in Sunbury-on-Thames.


The international action at Sunbury kicks-off on Wednesday December 12th when England A play the USA, kick-off 7pm, shortly followed by England’s first international of the season against the USA on December 15th, kick-off 230pm. Entry to the England A game is free while entry to the England game is £3 for adults and £1 for Under 16s.


England next take to the field at the Avenue on February 2nd, 2008 for their first game of the RBS 6 Nations against Wales. They return to South West London for their final game of the tournament against Ireland on March 15th. England A will also be in action against the Nomads on that same weekend.


England Head Coach Gary Street said: “London Irish ARFC is a fantastic facility and over the years the club have been very supportive of women’s rugby and all the work the RFUW do so I am delighted that we will be playing all our home games at London Irish this season.


“The club is in an area that is a real hot-bed of rugby within London and the country and it has a fantastic rugby tradition. England women last played at Sunbury against Ireland in the Six Nations a couple of years ago and it was a very successful international.


“It also has a superb playing surface which will give us the opportunity to play the style of rugby we want to play and I am sure that we will see some more fantastic games of rugby here this season. With it being so close to Twickenham it will give the England teams a real feeling of a true home fixture.”


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

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