Saracens - Six Saracens called into Red Roses training squad

Oct 12, 2017

Six Saracens called into Red Roses training squad

England Women Head Coach Simon Middleton has named an extended training squad to take part in a camp in Bisham Abbey this weekend. Saracens Women are well represented with six players involved including World Cup finalists Marlie Packer and Poppy Cleall, along with centre Lauren Cattell and Sarries captain Lotte Clapp. Fly half Zoe Harrison, who is currently leading points scorer in the Tyrrells Premier 15s is also named along with eighteen year old prop Hannah Botterman who has been making a big impact in her debut senior season.

43 players will convene on Friday 13th October for the three-day training camp before Middleton will select a smaller squad to take part in two behind-closed-doors training games against South Africa on October 18th and 22nd at Aldershot and Fleet RFC.

The camp will provide a chance for the squad to come together for the first time following the Womens Rugby World Cup in August and begin preparations ahead of the Old Mutual Wealth Series that will see England play Canada in a three Test series – the first of which will be played at the home of Saracens, Allianz Park.

Simon Middleton said: “This year we are doing things differently and bringing together an extended training squad of 43 players with the objective being twofold; firstly to allow us to select the strongest squad for the upcoming season and secondly give new talent invaluable playing opportunities as part of an international training team in games against South Africa. Off the back of the training camp and training games we’ll reduce the extended training squad numbers and name an EPS squad, who we feel is 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 Womens World Cup in 2021. We are confident these young players can, and will develop as the next generation of international players. It’s crucial we expose them to the international environment at an early stage as part of their development if we are to meet this objective.
“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)
LagiLagi 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 - Allianz Park (KO 19:30, live stream via
England Women v Canada

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21st November – Twickenham Stoop (KO 19:45, broadcast details TBC)
England Women v Canada
25th November – Twickenham Stadium (KO 17:40, live Sky Sports Arena & Sky Sports Mix)
England Women v Canada

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