Davies named in England Women squad

Valkyries hooker set for England duty

Worcester Valkyries captain Lark Davies has been named in England Women’s 35-player squad ahead of their Women’s Six Nations opener vs Italy in Stadio Mirabello on Sunday 4 February (kick-off 5.30pm GMT, live on Sky Sports).

England Women convened today for their final week-long training camp at Bisham Abbey ahead of the Six Nations opening Test against Italy.

Simon Middleton, England Head Coach said: “This is an important camp in terms of preparation for our opening game. We are under no illusions around the challenge of playing Italy. They are very skilled and unpredictable side in their style of play, with a strong pack and good set-piece.

“For the players this is their final opportunity to put their hand up for selection. Our goal is to win the Six Nations and to do that we will be picking our strongest squad of players available, so it’s essential that individuals perform at the top of their game in this camp.”

Charlotte Pearce (Loughborough Lightning), who played in the training games against South Africa last year and has been part of England’s extended training camps, joins the squad as a newly-appointed EPS Player.

The Red Roses will convene again on February 2 when they depart for their opening Test against Italy. England won the Six Nations in 2017 with their first Grand Slam since 2012.

England Six Nations training camp

Backs
Bianca Blackburn (Gloucester-Hartpury Women’s RFC)
Rachael Burford (Harlequins Ladies)
Lauren Cattell (Saracens Women)
Charlotte Clapp (Saracens Women)
Katy Daley-Mclean (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks)
Abigail Dow (Wasps FC Ladies)
Zoe Harrison (Saracens Women)
Ellie Kildunne (Gloucester-Hartpury Women’s RFC)
Caity Mattinson (Bristol Ladies)
Charlotte Pearce (Loughborough Lightning)
Amber Reed (Bristol Ladies)
Leanne Riley (Harlequins Ladies)
Kelly Smith (Gloucester- Hartpury Women’s RFC)
Lagi Tuima (Bristol Ladies)
Danielle Waterman (Wasps FC Ladies)
Rachael Woosey (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks)

Forwards
Sarah Bern (Gloucester-Hartpury Women’s RFC)
Jo Brown (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks)
Shaunagh Brown (Harlequins Ladies)
Rowena Burnfield (Richmond FC)
Amy Cokayne (Wasps FC Ladies)
Rochelle Clark (Wasps FC Ladies)
Poppy Cleall (Saracens Women)
Vickii Cornborough (Harlequins Ladies)
Lark Davies (Worcester Valkyries)
Sarah Hunter (Loughborough Lightning)
Olivia Jones (Loughborough Lightning)
Heather Kerr (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks)
Poppy Leitch (Bristol Ladies)
Justine Lucas (Wasps FC Ladies)
Izzy Noel-Smith (Bristol Ladies)
Catherine O’Donnell (Loughborough Lightning)
Marlie Packer (Saracens Women)
Tamara Taylor (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks)
Abbie Scott (Harlequins Ladies)

England Women Six Nations fixtures
Italy vs England | Sunday 4 February |5.30pm GMT | Stadio Mirabello, Reggio Emilia | Live Sky Sports Action and Sky Sports Mix

England vs Wales | Saturday 10 February | 12:15pm | Twickenham Stoop | Live Sky Sports Action and Sky Sports Mix

Scotland vs England | Friday 23 February | 7.30pm | Scotstoun, Glasgow | Live Sky Sports Mix and Sky Sports Arena via red button

France vs England | Saturday 10 March | 8pm GMT | Stade des Alpes, Grenoble | Live Sky Sports Action and Sky Sports Mix

England vs Ireland | Friday 16 March | 5.30pm | Ricoh Arena, Coventry | Live Sky Sports Action and Sky Sports Mix