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Ten Bristol Ladies To Represent England

Published on 21st May 2013 by Tom Tainton

England face New Zealand tour and Nations Cup


Bristol Ladies will cap a memorable season with news that ten members of the Club will represent England Women this summer, as preparations for the 2014 World Cup get underway.

England will play the reigning world champions New Zealand over a three-Test series in New Zealand in July before heading to Denver to defend their Nations Cup title against Canada, the USA and South Africa.

Sophie Hemming, Kate Newton, Marlie Packer, Amber Reed and Sally Tuson all earn call-ups for the England Squad to face the Black Ferns.

England head to New Zealand on the back of two consecutive series wins in 2011 and 2012 but the visitors have not played on their turf since 2005, or won a game in New Zealand since 2001.

Street said: “With a handful of players out injured this is the strongest squad I have available. It is an exciting squad and one I think will relish the chance of playing the world champions in New Zealand, something we have not done in eight years.

“Unquestionably this is a hugely important series as we countdown to the Rugby World Cup. It will be the last time that we play them before that tournament whilst it will also provide a massive mental challenge for our squad”

Meanwhile, Kate Newton, Isabelle Noel-Smith, Zoe Saynor, Kay Wilson and debutant Amy Wilson-Hardy will feature in a new-look developing England squad who travel to Canada.

England Assistant Coach Graham Smith will act as Head Coach for this tour with Simon Middleton, former Leeds Carnegie player and Defence and Skills coach, stepping in as Assistant Coach.

Street added: “The Nations Cup is a fantastic opportunity for some of our fringe or Elite Playing Squad members to gain some invaluable experience ahead of a very important season for us.

“This tournament will certainly help to assist our strength in depth ahead of a very busy season and that is largely down to our player pathway working so well and the work of the RFU’s Divisional Talent Development Officers.”