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England WNT head coach Simon Middleton has named his squad for to play in the Women’s Rugby Super Series in San Diego, which will be shown live by FloRugby all over the world.
Middleton has named 28 players to the team that won the 2019 Women's Six Nations, and recently beat the Barbarians.
Two uncapped players who suited up against the Baa-Baas, Chloe Edwards (Harlequins) and Clara Nielson (Bristol), drew Middleton's eye and are on the squad.
“I’ve been really pleased with how this new generation of Red Roses has been developing since January," said Middleton. “We’ve been looking to continually improve our performance every time we take to the pitch, be that in training or a match, and we want to build on that as we complete our final preparations for San Diego."
The team will go out to the USA later this month and then play a grueling four-game tournament over 17 days. The top five women's national teams in the world—England, New Zealand, France, Canada, and the USA—will face off in the Super Series.
The first four game days will be held at the Elite Athlete Training Center in Chula Vista, CA. The final day of action (July 14) will be held at Torero Stadium on the campus of the University of San Diego.
“The Super Series promises to be a superb competition and a great challenge against high-quality opposition," said Middleton. "It will provide us with the perfect platform to see exactly where we are as a squad and just as crucially how far we still have to go in order to reach the levels we aspire to.
England Women squad for 2019 Super Series
Zoe Aldcroft (Gloucester-Hartpury Womens RFC), Sarah Beckett (Firwood Waterloo Ladies), Sarah Bern (Bristol Bears Women), Hannah Botterman (Saracens Women), Poppy Cleall (Saracens Women), Vickii Cornborough (Harlequins Ladies), Lark Davies (Worcester Valkyries), Chloe Edwards (Harlequins Ladies), Sarah Hunter (Captain, Loughborough Lightning), Heather Kerr (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks), Clara Nielson (Bristol Bears Women), Cath O'Donnell (Loughborough Lightning), Marlie Packer (Saracens Women), Ellena Perry (Saracens Women), Abbie Scott (Harlequins Ladies).
Zoe Harrison (Saracens Women), Tatyana Heard (Gloucester-Hartpury Women’s RFC), Natasha Hunt (Gloucester-Hartpury Women’s RFC), Claudia MacDonald (Wasps FC Ladies), Sarah McKenna (Saracens Women), Amber Reed (Bristol Bears Women), Leanne Riley (Harlequins Ladies), Emily Scarratt (Loughborough Lightning), Emily Scott (Harlequins Ladies), Kelly Smith (Gloucester-Hartpury Women’s RFC), Lydia Thompson (Worcester Valkyries), Lagi Tuima (Bristol Bears Women), Carys Williams (Loughborough Lightning).