England Women squad announced for World Cup


Head coach Gary Street has announced an experienced England Women squad for their World Cup campaign, which kicks off in France next month. Fly-half Katie McClean will captain the side, who have finished runner up to New Zealand at both of the last two tournaments.

There is plenty of experience in the squad, with flanker Margaret Alphonsi, centre Rachael Burford, lock Tamara Taylor, full back Danielle Waterman and prop Rochelle Clark all involved in both of those final losses in 2006 and 2010. Clark is England’s second-most capped player of all time, just nine short of a century.

Only nine players will be making their World Cup debuts, but those players still have 219 caps between them, while there are 12 additional survivors of the 2010 tournament.

Street said: “This is a really exciting and strong squad of 26 players going into a World Cup. We’ll be heading to France in a strong position. For several players there is disappointment too as they haven’t made the squad, but they are world class players who have been a very important part of this process.

“We have a good balance of new, fresh players hungry for their first World Cup experience but also several more experienced heads. Alex Matthews has nine caps, six of them in wins against New Zealand and although injuries have stalled her progression over the last 12 months, she has come back well in international Sevens and we are excited by what she’ll bring.

“At the other end of the scale, we have five players ready to take on their third World Cup. Danielle Waterman, Maggie Alphonsi, Tamara Taylor, Rochelle Clark and Rachael Burford have all been there and done it and they inevitably have a massive appetite to make it third time lucky.

“We now have a couple more weeks of camp time before we leave for France and we’ll use this time to look to raise the bar even higher and fine tune the details ready for kick off against Samoa.”

England World Cup squad

Claire Allan (Richmond)
Rachael Burford (Thurrock)
Natasha Hunt (Lichfield)
Ceri Large (Worcester)
La Toya Mason (Wasps)
Katy Mclean (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks) (C)
Katherine Merchant (Worcester)
Amber Reed (Bristol)
Emily Scarratt (Lichfield)
Lydia Thompson (Worcester)
Danielle Waterman (Bristol)
Kay Wilson (Bristol)

Margaret Alphonsi (Saracens)
Rochelle Clark (Worcester)
Emma Croker (Richmond)
Rebecca Essex (Richmond)
Heather Fisher (Worcester)
Victoria Fleetwood (Lichfield)
Sophie Hemming (Bristol)
Sarah Hunter (Lichfield) VC
Laura Keates (Worcester)
Alexandra Matthews (Richmond)
Joanna McGilchrist (Wasps)
Marlie Packer (Wasps)
Claire Purdy (Wasps)
Tamara Taylor (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks)

England kick-off their campaign against Samoa on August 1st, before playing Spain and Canada on the 5th and 9th respectively.

One thought on “England Women squad announced for World Cup

  1. Maggie Alphonsi for PM?

    England are likely to do well in WWC due ‘home’ advantage & from playing in the NH 6N.

    If not held up front (as seems the norm), they’ll likely run over/through most oppo. If they are held enough, as in NZ last up, they seem to lack the nous or imagination to straighten their attack or to run inwards, towards the tackler before offloading (just before the tackle), to the wings (sound familiar?).

    However, they could well come up trumps in a likely NZ v England final encounter(?) as the Kiwis are a bit ‘light’ up front these days & neither do they have any real comp leading into this (or any) tourney.

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