Davies called up to England Women training squad

Worcester Valkyries captain Lark Davies has been called up to England Women’s training squad in Bisham Abbey this weekend.

The Valkyries hooker is one of 43 players who will convene on Friday 13 October for the three-day training camp before Head Coach Simon Middleton will select a smaller squad to take part in two behind-closed-doors training games against South Africa on October 18 and 22 in Aldershot & Fleet RFC.

The camp will provide a chance for the squad to come together for the first time following the Women’s Rugby World Cup in August and begin preparations ahead of the Old Mutual Wealth Series that will see England play Canada in a three-Test series.

Middleton said: “This year we are doing things differently and bringing together an extended training squad of 43 players with the objective being twofold; firstly to allow us to select the strongest squad for the upcoming season and secondly give new talent invaluable playing opportunities as part of an international training team in games against South Africa. Off the back of the training camp and training games we’ll reduce the extended training squad numbers and name an EPS squad, who we feel is right for the upcoming season.

“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.”

England training squad for Bisham Abbey camp

Forwards
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)

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

Old Mutual Wealth Series 2017
England Women v Canada | Friday 17 November | Allianz Park | Kick-off 7.30pm | Live stream via Englandrugby.com
England Women v Canada | Tuesday 21 November | Twickenham Stoop | Kick-off 7.45pm
England Women v Canada | Saturday 25 November | Twickenham Stadium | Kick-off 5.40pm | Live Sky Sports Arena & Sky Sports Mix