England Women U20s announce team to face France in return match
England Women Under 20s Head Coach Amanda Bennett has made four changes for Saturday’s return clash against France U20s at Esher RFC, kick off 2pm.
Following a 27-0 defeat to France earlier this month, Bennett has called up Lichfield’s Emma Harbage, Bristol’s Devon Holt and Loughborough’s Scarlet Cooper-Wall from the bench whilst Worcester’s Emily Wood switches to the right wing. Worcester lock Courtney Gill will captain the side.
On the bench, two players could be set to make their international debuts with Lichfield duo Amy Cockayne and Sarah Nicholas named in the match day 23.
Bennett said: “It’s important that players selected for the U20s programme are exposed to competition so we are looking to the new players selected to step up and perform.”
England U20s couldn’t cope with an on-form French team two weeks ago – they ran in five tries to maintain their three year unbeaten run.
“We learned from the first game in Beauvais and we’re expecting players who faced France last time to take this on board,” added Bennett. “The U20s programme is about player development and there is no better opportunity to show progress than to face the same opposition again within three weeks.
“We certainly hope we can to close the gap on France this time around. One of the biggest lessons learned was the cost of individual errors and how few opportunities teams get at this level. Changes in one or two key areas can make a big difference on the day.”
England U20s (Club, Region, Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence College)
15 Sydney Gregson (Welwyn, Hertfordshire, London & South East, Hartpury College)
14 Emily Wood (Worcester, Gloucestershire, South West, Hartpury College)
13 Abigail Brown (Worcester, Devon, South West)
12 Lauren Chenoweth (Worcester, Cornwall, South West)
11 Emma Harbage (Lichfield, Staffordshire, Midlands)
10 Megan Goddard (Worcester, Gloucestershire, South West)
9 Devon Holt (Bristol, Berkshire, South West)
1 Abbie Parsons (Bristol, Berkshire, South West)
2 Lark Davies (Worcester, North Midlands, Midlands)
3 Scarlett Cooper-Wall (Loughborough, Hertfordshire, South West)
4 Amy Wigley (Worcester, North Midlands, Midlands, Hartpury College)
5 Courtney Gill (Worcester, Gloucestershire, South West) C
6 Francesca Hall (Richmond, Hampshire, London & South East)
7 Lucie Wood (Bristol, Gloucestershire, South West)
8 Jo Brown (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks, Durham, North)
16 Amy Cockayne (Lichfield, Midlands)
17 Catherine Pugh (Lichfield, Essex, London & South East)
18 Henrietta Burkinshaw (Lichfield, Yorkshire, North)
19 Katie Turnbull (Bristol, South West)
20 Rebecca Trist (Worcester, South West)
21 Bianca Blackburn (Worcester, Gloucestershire, South West)
22 Sarah Nicholas (Lichfield, Staffordshire, Midlands)
23 Rosemary Kells (Bristol, Gloucestershire, South West)