Nov 12, 2018
Four Saracens Women to start for England National Academy
Four Saracens Women will start for England National Academy team against the USA Women’s Selects on Tuesday evening.
Bryony Cleall starts at loosehead prop for her first taste of international rugby, with Rosie Galligan starting at lock, Georgie Lingham at left wing and Lauren Cattell at inside centre for the fixture at Newbury RFC.
The England Academy squad combines a mix of England pathway players and more established names for the first of two fixtures this month, the other coming against Canada Women A on 21 November at Cobham RFC.
England Women head coach Simon Middleton said: “We are looking forward to giving this group of players the opportunity to test themselves against quality international opposition. They are all talented individuals who have been playing well at club level.
“They have not had long to come together as a group but it will be a good opportunity for them to be seen and prove themselves in what will be a challenging environment.”
England National Academy squad to face USA Women’s Select:
- Olivia Jones (Loughborough Lightning)
14. Ellie Underwood (Gloucester-Hartpury)
13. Shauna Bennett (Gloucester-Hartpury)*
12. Lauren Cattell (Saracens)**
11. Georgie Lingham (Saracens)
10. Ellie Green (Harlequins)*
9. Megan Davey (Loughborough Lightning)*
1. Bryony Cleall (Saracens)
2. Clara Nielson (Bristol Bears Women)
3. Sasha Acheson (Gloucester-Hartpury)**
4. Rowena Burnfield (Richmond FC)** ©
5. Rosie Galligan (Saracens)
6. Katherine Hobson (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks)
7. Poppy Leitch (Bristol Bears Women)**
8. Elizabeth Crake (Wasps FC Ladies)
16. Hannah West (Wasps FC Ladies)
17. Detysha Harper (Firwood Waterloo Ladies)*
18. Chloe Edwards (Harlequins)
19. Amelia Buckland-Hurry (Bristol Bears Women)
20. Rownita Marston (Bristol Bears Women)
21. Caity Mattinson (Bristol Bears Women)**
22. Beth Blacklock (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks)
23. Merryn Doidge (Bristol Bears Women)*
* England Women U20 218/19 squad member
** England Women capped player