Keates called up to England training camp

Laura Keates has been called up to England Women’s 2022/23 pre-season training camp as all roads lead to the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.

Tight-head Keates, who was a World Cup winner with England in 2014, has 62 caps to her name and joins up with a squad which includes her club teammate Lydia Thompson.

After three camps at the University of Bath throughout July, the team will now continue with their preparations for New Zealand throughout August (starting from today, 1 August) with camps at Pennyhill Park.

Head coach Simon Middleton said: “We had a good few weeks in Bath where fitness and conditioning work along with skill development was a real focus as well as wider team building.

“We’re also really pleased to bring Laura Keates back in. She is a world-class tight-head prop with vast experience and will add a huge amount of quality to our front row.

“This next period is essential in our preparations as we aim to become match ready and prepare for games against the USA and Wales in just over a month’s time.”

Zoe Aldcroft (Gloucester-Hartpury)
Sarah Beckett (Harlequins)
Sarah Bern (Bristol Bears)
Hannah Botterman (Saracens)
Shaunagh Brown (Harlequins)
Bryony Cleall (Wasps)
Poppy Cleall (Saracens)
Amy Cokayne (Harlequins)
Vickii Cornborough (Harlequins)
Lark Davies (Bristol Bears)
Vicky Fleetwood (Saracens)
Rosie Galligan (Harlequins)*
Detysha Harper (Loughborough Lightning)*
Sarah Hunter (Loughborough Lightning)
Sadia Kabeya (Loughborough Lightning)*
Laura Keates (Worcester Warriors)*
Alex Matthews (Gloucester-Hartpury)
Maud Muir (Gloucester-Hartpury)
Cath O’Donnell (Loughborough Lightning)
Marlie Packer (Saracens)
Connie Powell (Gloucester-Hartpury)*
Morwenna Talling (Loughborough Lightning)*
Abbie Ward (Bristol Bears)

Holly Aitchison (Saracens)
Jess Breach (Saracens)
Abby Dow (Wasps)
Zoe Harrison (Saracens)
Tatyana Heard (Gloucester-Hartpury)
Natasha Hunt (Gloucester-Hartpury)*
Ellie Kildunne (Harlequins)
Claudia MacDonald (Exeter Chiefs)*
Sarah McKenna (Saracens)
Lucy Packer (Harlequins)
Amber Reed (Bristol Bears)
Leanne Infante (Saracens)
Helena Rowland (Loughborough Lightning)
Emily Scarratt (Loughborough Lightning)
Emma Sing (Gloucester-Hartpury)*
Lydia Thompson (Worcester Warriors)
*denotes non-contracted player