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Your News England A team announced for season opener

The England Women's A team to face the Nomads on Sunday February 7th, kick off 4pm at Esher RFC, has been announced.

England A Head Coach Mike Barnett has named a strong starting line-up which includes Rosemarie Crowley and Jane Leonard who both featured in England's historic win over world champions New Zealand in November. Saracens' Sonia Green will captain the squad, which in total boasts nine capped players.

Barnett said: "This is a big season for all of the players. This is their opportunity to put their hands up for a place in the world cup squad which is less than seven months away. 'A' team rugby is all about development, and yes we want to win every game we play, but really this is all about staking their claim.

"The Nomads traditionally always provide a difficult challenge and they are always unpredictable, but that is great for our players. You never know what you are going to get and with so many former international players in their ranks they are always a difficult proposition."

England A will also play Spain and France A this season, as well as a second test against the Nomads.

England A

15 Georgina Roberts Darlington Mowden Park Sharks

14 Francesca Matthews Richmond

13 Abigail Chamberlain Richmond

12 Kimberley Oliver Bristol

11 Amber Penrith Worcester

10 Danielle Knight Lichfield

9 Georgina Rozario Bristol

1 Laura Keates Worcester

2 Emma Layland Richmond

3 Rosemarie Crowley Lichfield

4 Natalie Binstead Wasps

5 Jenny Brightmore Worcester

6 Gemma Sharples Worcester

7 Jane Leonard Lichfield / Army

8 Sonia Green (C) Saracens

Replacements:

16 Victoria Fleetwood Lichfield

17 Monica Lewinska Bristol

18 Marlie Packer Bristol

19 Sara Anastasi Richmond

20 Sarah Guest Worcester

21 Natasha Hunt Bristol

22 Jennifer Edwards Darlington Mowden Park Sharks

Head Coach Mike Barnett

Assistant Coaches Andy Paton & Matt Ferguson

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