Red Roses name extended training squad

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Red Roses head coach Simon Middleton has named an extended training squad to take part in a three-day camp in Bisham this weekend.

43 players will meet at Bisham Abbey on Friday 13 October with a select group of players remaining in camp to take part in two international training games against South Africa on Wednesday 18 and Sunday 22 October in Aldershot.

The camp will be the first time the squad have gathered together since the Women's Rugby World Cup and is the start of preparations for the Old Mutual Wealth Series that will see England play Canada in three Tests, with the first taking place on Friday 17 November at Allianz Park.

“This year we are doing things differently and bringing together an extended training squad of 43 players with the objective being twofold," said Middleton

"Firstly, to allow us to select the strongest squad for the upcoming season and secondly to give new talent invaluable playing opportunities as part of an international training team in games against South Africa.

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"Off the back of the training camp and games we’ll reduce the extended training squad numbers and name an Elite Player Squad (EPS) squad, who we feel is the right for the upcoming season.

“We are really excited about the new, young players coming into camp for the first time. We know and have seen players in the past who have made unbelievable gains, when you get them in the right environment at the right time.

“In the long term we are working towards our objective to build and prepare a squad with real depth for the next Women's Rugby World Cup in 2021. We are confident these young players can, and will, develop as the next generation of international players.

“In the short term, we don’t want to go into a period of consolidation, we want to keep moving forward and keep winning”.

England training squad for Bisham Abbey camp


Rochelle Clarke (Wasps FC Ladies), Heather Kerr (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks), Sarah Bern (Gloucester-Hartpury), Abbie Scott (Harlequins Ladies), Tamara Taylor (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks), Marlie Packer (Saracens Women), Poppy Leitch (Bristol Ladies), Sarah Hunter (Loughborough Lightning), Vickii Cornborough (Harlequins Ladies), Justine Lucas (Wasps FC Ladies), Harriett Millar-Mills (Wasps FC Ladies), Poppy Cleall (Saracens Women), Rowena Burnfield (Richmond FC), Jessie Hood(Bristol Ladies), Abbie Parsons (Bristol Ladies), Hannah West (Wasps FC Ladies), Alex Powell (Wasps FC Ladies), Cath O’Donnell (Loughborough Lightning), Courtney Gill (Gloucester -Hartpury), Olivia Jones (Loughborough Lightning), Hannah Botterman (Saracens Women), Lark Davies (Worcester Valkyries), Molly Morrisey (Gloucester- Hartpury), Jo Brown (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks), Izzy Noel-Smith (Bristol Ladies)


Rachael Burford (Harlequins Ladies), Amber Reed (Bristol Ladies), Dannielle Waterman (Wasps FC Ladies), Katy Daley-Mclean (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks), Leanne Riley (Harlequins Ladies), Lotte Clapp (Saracens Women), Jess Breach (Harlequins Ladies), Rachael Woosey (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks), Celia Quansah (Loughborough Lightning), Zoe Harrison (Saracens Women), Ellie Kildunne (Gloucester-Hartpury), Abbie Dow (Wasps FC Ladies), Lagi Tuima (Bristol Ladies), Lucy Attwood (Bristol Ladies), Brooke Bradley (Bristol Ladies), Charlotte Pearce (Loughborough Lightning), Lauren Cattell (Saracens Women), Kelly Smith (Gloucester- Hartpury).

Old Mutual Wealth Series 2017

17th November - England Women v Canada @ Allianz Park (KO 19:30, live stream via

21st November - England Women v Canada @ Twickenham Stoop (KO 19:45, broadcast details TBC)

25th November - England Women v Canada @ Twickenham Stadium (KO 17:40, live Sky Sports Arena & Sky Sports Mix)