Warriors Women’s Leah Brough gets England U18s call

Centre of Excellence graduate Leah Brough has been named in the England Under-18 women’s squad as they prepare for matches in February and April.

The centre is part of a group, which is made up of ten centre of excellences and will attend training camps both this month and in March.

“Leah has worked really hard to give herself this opportunity,” said Head of Women’s Development Benny Williams.

“She’s battled a leg injury within the first part of the season and she has shown superb character and determination to show her qualities both on and off the field.

“Working with Leah is an absolute pleasure, and we are looking forward to seeing her flourish within a really exciting England Under-18 group.

“Everyone at Worcester Warriors is really proud of her achievements and we can’t wait to see what the future brings for her.”

Pre-Christmas, a wider U18s group took part in regional camps to provide longitudinal development opportunities, before heading towards international games. In their final camp of 2021, the under-18s played a North versus South match to help with final selections into this squad, which saw Warriors’ Catherine Wells also involved.

On naming the squad, Head Coach James Cooper said: “It was extremely tough to narrow down and select the group after the quality of potential and performances shown by players both in camps and the game in December, with some good players narrowly missing out. This is testament to the great work being done at clubs and colleges, constituent bodies and centre of excellences.

“We have gone with the 34 selected players as we believe they give us a good balance across positions.

“This also gives the players the opportunity to challenge for selection into the playing squads for the exciting games coming up in February and April, which will be invaluable for their development and learning, and currently show the potential to progress up the international pathway for U20 and future Elite Player Squad (EPS) honours.

“We’re always identifying talent by regularly visiting the centres of excellence and February and March sees the centre of excellence festivals take place, which is another chance to look at potential players who could be selected in future England pathway squads.”

England women U18s squad – 2022

Evie Addy (Yorkshire)
Daisy Aspinall (Loughborough Lightning)
Reneeqa Bonna (Bristol Bears)
Erin Bradley (Yorkshire)
Naomi Brennan (Gloucester-Hartpury)
Leah Brough (Worcester Warriors)
Bridget Campbell (Yorkshire)
Amelia Clarke (Bristol Bears)
Grace Clifford (Harlequins)
Olivia Constable (Gloucester-Hartpury)
Stephanie Else (Yorkshire)
Cerys Gould (Gloucester-Hartpury)
Freya Greensmith (Yorkshire)
Gwennan Hopkins (Gloucester-Hartpury)
Elsbeth Innes (Yorkshire)
Katie Johnson (Saracens)
Kira Leat (Gloucester-Hartpury)
Molly Luthayi (Loughborough Lightning)
Sophie McQueen (Gloucester-Hartpury)
Incila Ocal (Gloucester-Hartpury)
Bo Osborn-Clarke (Bristol Bears)
Josie Plant (Exeter Chiefs)
Lilly Plowman (Exeter Chiefs)
Hannah Sams (Exeter Chiefs)
Lucia Scott (Gloucester-Hartpury)
Katie Shillaker (Harlequins)
Niamh Swailes (North East and Cumbria)
Lucy Thorpe (North East and Cumbria)
Evie Walker (Exeter Chiefs)
Lucy Weaver (Loughborough Lightning)
Tillie Westwood (Bristol Bears)
Tess White (Gloucester-Hartpury)
Alexandra Wilkinson (Wasps)
Daisy Womack (Exeter Chiefs)