Red Roses Name Training Squad ahead of Autumn Test Series against Canada

England Head Coach Simon Middleton has named an extended training squad of forty three players ahead of the Red Roses’ November series against Canada.

The squad will prepare for the Autumn tests with two training matches against South Africa on Wednesday 18th October and Sunday 22nd October, before an Elite Player Squad is named.

And Middleton believes the Red Roses’ future is bright, despite his side losing in the World Cup Final against the Black Ferns two months ago.

“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 Women’s Rugby World Cup in 2021. We are confident these young players can, and will, develop as the next generation of international players.” said the head coach.

Red Roses Extended Training Squad


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), Lagi Tuima (Bristol Ladies), Lucy Attwood (Bristol Ladies), Brooke Bradley (Bristol Ladies), Charlotte Pearce (Loughborough Lightning), Lauren Cattell (Saracens Women), Kelly Smith (Gloucester- Hartpury)

Red Roses Autumn Fixtures

The Red Roses play three matches against Canada in November:

Friday 17th November @ Allianz Park (KO 19:30, live stream via

Tuesday 21st November @ Twickenham Stoop (KO 19:45, broadcast details TBC)

Saturday 25th November @ Twickenham Stadium (KO 17:40, live Sky Sports Arena & Sky Sports Mix) – FREE entry to Twickenham!!




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