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Rugby: England Women’s Squad announced for France test series

October 20, 2011

The England Women’s squad to face two international tests against France next month has been announced.

England head coach Gary Street has named a team with both youth and experience, as the squad bid to claim victory over World Champions New Zealand later this year and defend their six nations title in 2012.

Lichfield’s Sarah Hunter will captain the side which includes seven uncapped players and ten players that featured in the 2010 Rugby World Cup.

From the players yet to gain a cap both Hannah Gallagher and Alexandra Matthews will be making the big step up from Under 20’s England squad.

Joining them will be Rose Jay, Ceri Large, Harriet Millar-Mills, Lydia Thompson and Isobel Noel-Smith and also amongst the squad is England’s most experienced player with 61 caps Rochelle Clark.

England, who last played France in the 2011 Six Nations and won 16-3, will play their rivals on November 2nd in Marseille and on November 5th in Aix-en-Provence. The first game against France will be an uncapped match, with the second a full on test international.

Street said: “Playing France in France is always a massive challenge and provides our young players with invaluable experience as they will taste the fierce and tense atmosphere that games in France always create.

“These tests represent a great opportunity as we look forward to our matches against New Zealand and then the Six Nations next year. We need to ensure we have strength in depth for the season ahead.”

Robyn Rashford, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine

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