Six Valkyries set for international action this weekend

Valkyries in international action

Six Worcester Valkyries are set to play international rugby this weekend in a fantastic representation for the women’s side.

Valkyries’ representation at Under 20 level is a testament to the work of Director of Rugby Roy Davies and his staff, who have worked hard this season to identify and develop young talent from the surrounding areas, particularly the University of Worcester.

And that has seen Brooke Clarke and Charlie Wilcock handed starting places, with Cara Brincat on the bench, for England Women Under 20s against France in Stadium Nord, Villeneuve d’Ascq, Lille on Saturday 24 February (kick-off 2pm GMT, live stream via www.ffr.fr).

The young ladies will be looking to back up their recent 44-0 win over The Army, as Valkyries winger Clarke bagged a hat-trick to claim the player of the match award.

Wilcock is also named as vice-captain for England having demonstrated her leadership skills at Club level.

Meanwhile, Valkyries skipper Lark Davies is on the bench for England Women’s senior side against Scotland on Friday at Scotstoun Stadium in Glasgow (kick-off 7.05pm).

Winger Hannah Bluck is also set to start for Wales Women in their clash with Ireland in Donnybrook this Sunday, while fellow Valkyrie Meg York is named among the replacements (kick-off 3pm).

England Women Under 20s
15. Emma Uren (C) (Saracens Women)
14. Lilian Stoeger-Goddard (Bristol Ladies)
13. Phoebe Murray (Bristol Ladies)
12. Lucy Attwood (Bristol Ladies)
11. Brooke Clarke (Worcester Valkyries)
10. Helena Rowland (Saracens Women)
9. Tazmin Bricknell (Gloucester-Hartpury Women RFC)
1. Ellena Perry (Saracens Women)
2. Leah Bartlett (Loughborough Lightning)
3. Ellie Mulhearn (Bristol Ladies)
4. Hollie Cunningham (Bristol Ladies)
5. Rosie Galligan (Saracens Women)
6. Tabitha Copson (Gloucester- Hartpury Women)
7. Charlie Wilcock (VC) (Worcester Valkyries) 
8. Sarah Beckett (Firwood Waterloo Ladies)

Replacements
16. Ellie Gilbert (Gloucester-Hartpury)
17. Michaella Roberts (Bristol Ladies)
18. Hannah Botterman (Saracens Women)
19. Cara Brincat (Worcester Valkyries)
20. Rianna Manson (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks)
21. Ella Wyrwas (Saracens Women)
22. Zoe Harrison (Saracens Women)
23. Lizzie Adam (Loughborough Lightning)

England Women
15. Ellie Kildunne (Gloucester-Hartpury, 5 caps)
14. Danielle Waterman (Wasps FC Ladies, 79 caps)
13. Lagi Tuima (Bristol Ladies, 3 caps)
12. Lauren Cattell (Saracens Women, 22 caps)
11. Charlotte Pearce (Loughborough Lightning, 2 caps)
10. Katy Daley-Mclean (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks, 96 caps)
9. Leanne Riley (Harlequins Ladies, 18 caps)
1. Vickii Cornborough (Harlequins Ladies, 36 caps)
2. Amy Cokayne (Wasps FC Ladies, 38 caps)
3. Sarah Bern (Gloucester Hartpury, 17 caps)
4. Abbie Scott (Harlequins Ladies, 26 caps)
5. Tamara Taylor (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks, 113 caps)
6. Rowena Burnfield (Richmond F.C, 44 caps)
7. Izzy Noel-Smith (Bristol Ladies, 40 caps)
8. Poppy Cleall (Saracens Women, 19 caps)

Replacements
16. Lark Davies (Worcester Valkyries, 8 caps)
17. Rochelle Clark (Wasps FC Ladies, 134 caps)
18. Justine Lucas (Wasps FC Ladies, 30 caps)
19. Catherine O’Donnell (Loughborough Lightning, 2 caps)
20. Marlie Packer (Saracens Women, 56 caps)
21. Caity Mattinson (Bristol Ladies, 5 caps)
22. Amber Reed (Bristol Ladies, 46 caps)
23. Kelly Smith (Gloucester-Hartpury, uncapped)

Wales Women
15. Lisa Neumann
14. Hannah Bluck
13. Kerin Lake
12. Rebecca De Filippo
11. Jess Kavanagh-Williams
10. Elinor Snowsill
9. Rhiannon Parker
1. Caryl Thomas
2. Carys Phillips (C)
3. Amy Evans
4. Siwan Lillicrap
5. Mel Clay
6. Alisha Butchers
7. Beth Lewis
8. Sioned Harries

Replacements
16. Kelsey Jones
17. Cara Hope
18. Meg York
19. Natalia John
20. Nia Elen Davies
21. Jade Knight
22. Robyn Wilkins
23. Hannah Jones