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England Women's EPS & England U20s squads announced 2012/13

By RFU Press Release -Julia Hutton
June 1 2012

The England Women’s Elite Playing squad (EPS) and England Women’s Under 20s squad for the 2012/13 season has been named.  The EPS, which has been selected through the traditional England trial process, the RFUW Divisional Programme and the England Sevens Open Trials, includes 12 newcomers.

England Women's EPS & England U20s squads announced for 2012/13 season

In the forwards Lichfield’s Emily Braund and Rosemarie Crowley, Richmond’s Emma Croker and Alexandra Matthews, Saracens’ Hannah Gallagher and Bristol’s Kate Newton are all included.

Braund featured in this season’s Six Nations and European Cup campaigns, Croker returned to action after having a baby, Crowley and Newton also both featured in this month’s winning European Cup, whilst Gallagher and Matthews both graduate from the England U20s programme.

In the backs, Natasha Brennan, Lauren Cattell, Fiona Davidson, Abigail Chamberlain, Ceri Large and Sally Tuson are all given the nod.

Brennan made her England Sevens debut last weekend in Amsterdam, Cattell and Davidson step up from the England U20s set-up, Chamberlain returns to the EPS system, whilst Large and Tuson both impressed at the European Cup last week.

England Head Coach Gary Street said: “We have a number of players new to the EPS this season and the England coaching team have a lot of confidence in these players as all of them have had some international experience, in either XVs or Sevens this term. These players have been knocking on the door of the EPS so this is a natural progression for them. With these players having international experience under their belts already it puts the England set-up in a very strong position.

“Overall, this is a very fresh and exciting squad, and having the likes of Lauren Cattell and Alex Matthews included, who are just 18 and 19 respectively, underlines the quality and strength we have got for the forthcoming season but also for the future of England Rugby.”

The EPS will compete in another rigorous and competitive international programme in 2012/13. The XVs will take on France and New Zealand over the autumn, followed by the Six Nations Championship in the New Year. In the summer, England will also travel to New Zealand and the USA to take on the world champions in a three-test series and then compete in the Nations Cup.

England Sevens meanwhile will compete in the inaugural IRB Women’s World Sevens Series and then the Rugby World Cup Sevens in Russia in June if they qualify at next month’s European qualifying event.

Street added: “The 2012/2013 season will unquestionably be one of the most demanding seasons ever. We have very comprehensive XVs and Sevens programmes in place as we build towards the World Cup in 2014 in France and also with the Sevens World Cup in 2013.”

The England U20s squad includes several new faces this season with a number of players now no longer qualified to play for this age-group. There are 15 newcomers in all and these include North Dorset’s Lucy Aylesbury, Newquay Hornet’s Lauren Chemoweth, Worcester duo Mary-Anne Gittings and Siobhan Longdon-Hughes, Hartpury’s Megan Goddard, Basingstoke’s Francesca Hall, Thornbury’s Tatyana Henard, London Irish’s Amber Luke and Rochelle Smith, Plymouth’s Holly Molesworth, Paviours’ Amy Needham, Lichfield’s Carys Williams, Waterloo’s Eleanor Prescott and Aylesford’s Florence Williams. Kayleigh Callaway-Bawden also returns to the England U20s set-up after a year out.

The England U20s will once again be coached by Amanda Bennett and Steve Halsey this season and they will take on France in home and away games as well as compete in the U20s Nations Cup in England.  

Andy Paton, the RFUW’s Player Development Manager, said: “I am really pleased to see so many players graduate into the EPS this season. The likes of Lauren Cattell, Fiona Davidson, Kate Newton, Emily Braund and Sally Tuson have all been involved in the RFUW Player Pathway, be it through the England U20s, the Divisional Programme or the RFUW Talent Development and Sevens Squads.

“This U20s squad is a young and exciting group of players, with a lot of potential. Certainly the quality of players’ trialling this season has once again improved and that just underlines how well our player pathway is working. The U20s will train throughout the summer with the EPS and work on their core and unit skills in preparation for a tough season of competitive international rugby.”

England Women EPS2012/2013

Margaret        Alphonsi        (Saracens)

*EmilyBraund           (Lichfield)

*Natasha       Brennan        (Wasps)

Rachael         Burford           (Richmond)

Rowena         Burnfield       (Richmond)

*Lauren          Cattell (Chesham)

*Abigail          Chamberlain(Richmond)

Rochelle        Clark   (Worcester)

*Emma           Croker            (Richmond)

*Rosemarie   Crowley         (Lichfield)

*Fiona            Davidson       (Richmond)

Rebecca        Essex(Richmond)

Heather          Fisher (Worcester)

Victoria           Fleetwood     (Lichfield)

*Hannah        Gallagher      (Saracens)


Sophie           Hemming       (Bristol)

Natasha         Hunt   (Lichfield)

SarahHunter            (Lichfield)

Laura  Keates            (Worcester)

*Ceri   Large  (Worcester)

Ruth   Laybourn       (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks)

La Toya          Mason            (Wasps)

*Alexandra    Matthews       (Richmond)

Katy    Mclean           (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks)

Katherine      Merchant       (Worcester)

Harriett           Millar-Mills     (Lichfield)

*Kate  Newton          (Bristol)

Isabelle          Noel-Smith    (Bristol)

Kimberley      Oliver  (Bristol)

MarliePacker            (Bristol)


Amber            Reed  (Bristol)

Alice   Richardson   (Richmond)

Georgina       Rozario          (Lichfield)

Emily  Scarratt          (Lichfield)

Michaela        Staniford        (Wasps)

Tamara           Taylor(Darlington Mowden Park Sharks)

Lydia  Thompson     (Worcester)

Amy    Turner            (Richmond)

*Sally  Tuson (Bristol)

Danielle         Waterman      (Worcester)

Joanne          Watmore        (Worcester)

Kay     Wilson            (Bristol)



England Women U20s Squad 2012/2013 (Name, Club, CB, Division, AASE College)

*Lucy  Aylesbury      (North Dorset RFC, Dorset & Wilts,  South West, Hartpury)

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

*Kayleigh Callaway-Bawden (Bristol/Penryn, Cornwall,          South West) 

*Lauren Chenoweth           (Newquay Hornets, Cornwall,  South West)      

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

Ellie    Gatltin (Saracens, Essex, London & South East)         

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

*Mary-Anne Gittings            (Worcester RFC, Gloucestershire,  South West)           

*Megan Goddard (Hartpury RFC, Gloucestershire, South West, Hartpury)

*Francesca Hall (Basingstoke RFC, Hampshire, London & South East)     

*Tatyana Heard (Thornbury           RFC, Yorkshire, North, Hartpury)

*Siobhan Longdon-Hughes (Worcester RFC, Surrey, London & South East, Hartpury)

*Amber           Luke (London Irish, Surrey,  London & South East)    

*HollyMolesworth   (Plymouth Albion, Devon,  South West, Hartpury)

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

Charlotte Notman (PenrynRFC, Cornwall, South West)        

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

Eleanor Prescott (Waterloo RFC, Lancashire, North)  

Catherine Pugh (Saracens, Essex, London & South East)    

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

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

*Rochelle Smith (London Irish, Surrey, London & South East)         

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

*Florence Williams (Aylesford, Kent, London & South East)

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