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Your News England's Womens Elite Squad announced for 2011/12

The England Womens Elite Playing squad (EPS) for the 2011/2012 season has today (Monday) been named.

For the forthcoming season the RFUW has implemented changes to the England Womens Elite Programme to help build towards the success of the England Womens XVs and Sevens programmes. The EPS, which has been selected through the traditional England Trial process, including the RFUW Divisional Programme and the new England Sevens Open Trials, includes two new players in the XVs squad and a squad of nine sevens players. A number of other EPS athletes will also support the Sevens Programme.

By changing the focus of the EPS the RFUW will be able to deliver a more enhanced programme which will see more position specific coaching in both XVs and Sevens and longer international camp time. This will also allow the RFUW to strengthen the delivery of the Divisional Programme.

New to the EPS this season is Lichfield No. 8 Harriet Millar-Mills and Bristols Amber Reed, who both played for England U20s this season. In the Sevens squad Jennifer Brightmore, Hannah Field, Sonia Green, Rose Jay, Charlotte Keane, Ruth Laybourne, Lydia Thompson and Charlotte Wild move into the elite squad.

This is an exciting squad of players and we are really pleased with the standard of talent we have got in this squad, said the RFUWs Head of Performance Nicola Ponsford. We have a great mix of experience, with several world cup players still involved, while we have some exciting young talent with a number of athletes graduating from the England U20s squad and the RFUW Divisional Programme.

The England Elite XVs squad will compete in a strengthened international programme which will see them compete in not only the RBS 6 Nations but more regular and competitive fixtures against their European and Southern Hemisphere rivals throughout the season. The England Sevens team will prepare for a rigorous programme this summer, up to and including the European Championship 7s in July.

Ponsford added: The global landscape for rugby is changing. We are in very exciting times that should see womens rugby go from strength to strength whilst also continuing to build upon the successes of the 2010 Rugby World Cup

The inclusion of Sevens within the programme represents the first step in a new direction. The RFUW is finalising the longer term Sevens strategy in conjunction with the RFU and alongside the IRB Sevens strategy. This initial step with open trials and the inclusion of some players within the 44 allows us to develop and test the processes that we need to put in place going forward.

England Elite Squad (Head Coach Gary Street, Assistant Coach Graham Smith)

ClaireAllan (Richmond) (Centre)

Margaret Alphonsi (Saracens) (Flanker)

Rowena Burnfield (Richmond) (2nd Row)

Rochelle Clark (Worcester) (Prop)

Emma Croker (Richmond) (Hooker)

Rebecca Essex(Richmond) (2nd Row)

Heather Fisher(Worcester) (Flanker)

Victoria Fleetwood (Lichfield) (Hooker)

Sophie Hemming (Bristol) (Prop)

Natasha Hunt (Lichfield) (Scrum Half)

SarahHunter (Lichfield) (Flanker)

Laura Keates (Worcester) (Prop)

Jane Leonard (Wasps) (Flanker)

La Toya Mason (Wasps) (Scrum Half)

Francesca Matthews (Richmond) (Wing)

Joanna McGilchrist (Wasps) (2nd Row)

SarahMcKenna Old Albanians (Fly Half)

Katy McLean Darlington Mowden Park Sharks (Fly Half)

Katherine Merchant (Worcester) (Wing)

Harriet Millar-Mills (Lichfield) (No 8)

Isabelle Noel-Smith (Bristol) (Flanker)

Kimberley Oliver (Bristol) (Fly Half)

MarliePacker (Bristol) (Flanker)

Fiona Pocock (Richmond) (Full Back)

ClairePurdy(Wasps) (Prop)

Amber Reed (Bristol) (Centre)

Alice Richardson (Richmond) (Centre)

Georgina Roberts (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks) (Centre)

Georgina Rozario (Lichfield) (Scrum Half)

Emily Scarratt (Lichfield) (Centre)

Tamara Taylor(Darlington Mowden Park Sharks) (2nd Row)

Amy Turner (Richmond) (Hooker)

Danielle Waterman (Worcester) (Full Back)

Kay Wilson (Richmond) (Full Back)

England 7s Squad (Head Coach Barry Maddocks, Assistant Coach Susie Appleby)

Jennifer Brightmore Worcester

Hannah Field Wasps


Rose Jay Lichfield

Charlotte Keane Worcester

Ruth Laybourne Leodiensians

Michaela Staniford Wasps

Lydia Thompson Worcester

Charlotte Wild Lichfield

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