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Rugby - 19. December 2007.

England Elite Women at RFU Premiership Academies


36 of England Women’s Elite Squad are now involved with Saracens, London Irish, Bristol Rugby, Sale Sharks, Newcastle Falcons, Bath Rugby and Leeds Carnegie. London Wasps and Northampton Saints are currently involved in delivering strength and conditioning to players.


The programme will offer England’s top female athletes the chance to work with the best Under 18s Academy players and coaches in the country in a fully integrated rugby skills programme.


Nicola Ponsford, the RFUW’s Head of Performance said: “This is an exciting venture which will offer our best players invaluable experience whilst also offering them added training locally. The academy sessions will give the players the opportunity to develop core skills and decision making under pressure and to work on position specific skills.  Working with their male counterparts will raise the intensity and physicality of the girls and increase the speed at which they have to work.


“Our goal is to be World Champions in 2010 and the assistance we are getting from the coaches and the clubs involved is tremendous. We also feel that the boys will benefit from working with England’s best women’s players”.


Richard Metcalf, Newcastle Falcons Academy Manager, added: “This is a great opportunity for the RFU Academies and the RFUW to work with each other and learn from each other. For Newcastle this is a chance for us to tap into the coaching knowledge and expertise of the RFUW and for them to do so with us. The England women players are also getting the chance to learn about the way we coach and develop our academy players.


“From the first session I have been impressed with the players. The girls have been up for all aspects of training, and getting stuck in while our players have fully embraced their inclusion. They just treat them like any other rugby player. The girls have stepped up to the mark physically, in skills and speed of thought and it works both ways. I am really pleased with the way this programme is developing.”


England players involved


Claire Allan                Saracens

Margaret Alphonsi    Saracens

Sara Anastasi           London Irish

Charlotte Barras        Northampton Saints

Sarah  Beale              Leeds Carnegie

Natalie Binstead       London Wasps

Rachael Burford        Saracens

Rosemarie Crowley  Sale Sharks

Samantha Dale         Sale Sharks

Becky Essex              London Irish

Amy Garnett               Saracens

Sophie Hemming      Bristol Rugby

Samantha JamiesonLeeds Carnegie

Karen  Jones              London Irish

Emma Layland          London Irish

Tina Lee                     Bath Rugby

Francis Matthews      London Irish

Joanna McGilchrist   London Irish

Katy McLean             Newcastle Falcons  

Amber            Penrith            Bath Rugby

Fiona  Pocock           London Irish

Helen  Price               Sale Sharks

Claire Purdy              London Wasps

Shelley Rae               London Irish

Alice Richardson       London Irish

Georgina Roberts     Newcastle

Georgina Rozario     Bath Rugby

Gemma Sharples      Bristol Rugby

Heidi Shelburg          London Wasps

Katherine Smith        London Irish

Catherine Spencer   Bristol Rugby

Michaela Staniford    London Irish

Katy Storie                 Newcastle

Tamara Taylor           Newcastle

Amy Turner                London Irish

Danielle Waterman   Bath Rugby


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