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England Women's U20s Squad for two tests against France

By RFU Press Release -Julia Hutton
March 27 2012

The England Women’s Under 20s squad to take on France in a two test series next month has been announced.

England Women's U20s squad announced for two test series against France
Saracens' Hannah Gallagher returns for England U20s
Saracens' Hannah Gallagher returns for England U20s

The England U20s will play France on Wednesday April 4th and Saturday April 7th at Moulton College and will be looking to bounce back from their 50-0 defeat to France earlier this month in Paris.

The England U20s squad have been boosted by the inclusion of Saracens’ flanker Hannah Gallagher, who was a pivotal member of the England team that secured a record seventh successive Six Nations title last weekend and a Grand Slam. Since making her England seniors’ debut in November Gallagher has now amassed six caps but at just 20 she still qualifies for England’s junior squad.

England U20s Head Coach Amanda Bennett said: “This has been a fantastic year for Hannah and we are delighted to see yet another U20s player move up to the Elite levels. She has played for England with all the passion, commitment and guile that we know she possesses so we will be delighted to see her pull on an U20s shirt again against France. The experience she’s had at senior level will be invaluable and the U20s players around her will learn a great deal from her experiences.” 

Bennett has retained all 22 players who suffered a tough defeat to France nearly two weeks ago but she has also called up Emily Scott and Leanne Riley who have most recently been involved with the England Sevens squad. Waterloo’s Ellie Prescott could also be set to make her U20s bow. Richmond’s Fiona Davidson will once again captain the squad.

“Although losing to France will have been a tremendously difficult experience for these players, many have already expressed how much they learned,” added Bennett. “The key now is to take the disappointment and the experience and translate this into a stronger, more competitive performance in April. Certainly, France’s physicality created problems for us and we will need to match this if we are going to be able to compete with them.

“In short, we have got to put in better performances as individuals and as a team. We never set out to simply win any of these games though. Our primary goal is to develop a squad of players who know how to play the game to the standard required at international level. This means we will look at the detail behind the defeat and build on strengths as we eradicate mistakes. There are aspects of the first France game that worked well and we can build on these including areas where we will attack France. They will rightfully have been delighted with the result but must know there are areas to improve as well. Other than this, we will aim to be more physical and ruthless, more competitive and more composed than in Paris.”  

England U20s Squad

(Name, Club, County, Division, Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence College)

Bianca Blackburn    (Gloucester, Gloucestershire, South West, Hartpury College)

Lauren Cattell (Chesham, Buckinghamshire, South West, Moulton College)

Fiona  Davidson (C)            (Richmond, Surrey,             London & South East)       

Louise Dennis (Worcester,            Gloucestershire, South West)      

Hannah Edwards (Wasps,             Middlesex, London & South East)           

Mica    Evans(Saracens, Hertfordshire, London & South East           )

Fiona  Fletcher (VC)            (Lichfield, Staffordshire, Midlands)        

Hannah Gallagher  (Saracens, Hertfordshire, London & South East)         

Ellen Gattlin  (Saracens, Essex, London & South East)          

Courtney Gill            (Plymouth Albion, Devon, South West, Hartpury College)

Megan Goddard (Hartpury,            Gloucestershire, South West, Hartpury College)

Emily  Hatherall (Worcester, Gloucestershire, South West)    

Rebecca        Hughes          (Bristol, Somerset, South West)   

Rachel           Jones(Lichfield, Staffordshire, Midlands)         

Sian    McGuinness(Tyldesley, Lancashire, North)     

Amy Needham (Paviors, Notts, Lincs & Derbys, Midlands, Moulton College)

Charlotte Notman (Penryn, Cornwall, South West)     

Megan Oaten (Bristol, Gloucester, South West)           

Georgia Peedle (Saracens, Hertfordshire, London & South East)    

Ellie  Prescott (Waterloo, Lancashire, North)     

Catherine Pugh (Rochford Hundred, Essex, London & South East)           

Leanne  Riley (Saracens, Hertfordshire, London & South East)       

Abbie  Scott   (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks, Northumberland, North)   

Emily  Scott   (Thurrock, Essex, London & South East)           

Katie   Turnbull (Thornbury, Gloucestershire, South West, Hartpury College)

Carys  Williams (Lichfield, Staffordshire, Midlands, Moulton College)

England Under 20s 2011/2012 Fixtures:

March 11th, France U20s v England U20s, Suzan Lenglen Stadium, Paris, France 50 - England 0

April 4th, England U20s v France U20s, Moulton College, KO 230pm

April 7th,  England U20s v France U20s, Moulton College, KO 1pm

July, Dates TBC, England U20s will play the USA in two test matches, Moulton College


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