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Rugby - 30. January 2008.

England A Women’s team to face Nomads

Jones, who has 11 caps for England, has been named captain for the A team’s second international of the season. England A were last in action against the USA in December and won 34-17.


There have been several changes to the team that took on the USA last year, including starts for Lichfield trio Rosemarie Crowley, Alexandra Stevens and Vicki Jackson, Clifton fly-half Christina Lee, Exeter University’s Charlotte Boggis and Richmond duo Francesca Matthews and Fiona Pocock. Plymouth Albion’s Georgina Rozario also returns to A team action at scrum-half after making her full England debut against the USA.


The Nomads, who England A will also play on March 15th, have named an experienced squad including 11 former England players, most noticeably last year’s England captain Sue Day of Wasps and Vanessa Gray, Georgia Stevens and Karen Andrew who all played for England last season. England’s captain for the 2006 IRB Rugby World Cup Jo Yapp will also start the game at scrum-half.


England A Head Coach Mike Barnett said: “We have made several changes for this match, some forced and some tactical and this is providing us with the opportunity to bring some more young players through the ranks. In Rozario and Lee we will have a new half-back partnership, as well as a new centre combination in Boggis and Jackson.


“It certainly will be a tough match against the Nomads who have named an impressive squad. We knew they would select some very experienced players and that is exactly what we want. We want to play against high quality opposition that will test and challenge our players in every area.


“We are going into this game on the back of a good win against the USA and some good preparation time so we are looking forward to a match that I know will test every player on the field on Saturday.”


England A


1          Claire  Purdy                          Wasps

2          Samantha Dale                     Worcester

3          Rosemarie Crowley              Lichfield

4          Sara    Anastasi                     Richmond

5          Alexandra Stevens                Lichfield

6          Karen  Jones (C)                   Richmond

7          Gemma Sharples                  Worcester

8          Heidi   Shelburg-Naea          Wasps

9          Georgina Rozario                 Plymouth Albion

10        Christina Lee                         Clifton

11        Helen  Price                           Waterloo

12        Charlotte Boggis                   Exeter University

13        Vicki Jackson                        Lichfield

14        Francesca Matthews            Richmond

15        Fiona  Pocock                       Richmond


16        Samantha Jamieson            Darlington Mowden Park Sharks

17        Katherine Smith                    Richmond

18        Natalie Binstead                   Wasps

19        Sonia  Green                         Saracens

20        Sarah  Guest                          Worcester

21        Karina Page                           Old Albanians Saints

22        Georgina Roberts                 Darlington Mowden Park Sharks


Head Coach  Mike    Barnett           

Assistant coaches Andy Paton & Gavin Williams


England A Women Fixtures


Feb 2nd England v Nomads London Irish RFC, Sunbury, KO 1230pm

Feb 9th Spain v England A, Stadium of the University City of Madrid, KO 4pm local time

Feb 23 France A v England A, Bourgoin, KO TBC

March 15th England A v Nomads, London Irish RFC, Sunbury, KO 3pm



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