Along with the excitement of the upcoming Six Nations tournament for both male and female Rugby, England have now announced their 33 player squad to take on the task.
It is a mostly familiar side, with four new faces gracing the squad, with Bianca Blackburn (Worcester Valkyries), Lark Davies (Worcester Valkyries), Heather Kerr (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks) and Leanne Riley (Aylesford Bulls) joining the already strong side.
Just like Eddie, Simon Middleton has faced some injury worries, with Claire Allan (Saracens), Emily Braund (Lichfield) and Abbie Scott (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks) being out through injury. But this will not deter Middleton from pushing the girls through the tournament with nothing but a trophy in mind.
Darlington Mowden Park Sharks second row forward Tamara Taylor, will be looking to reach her 100th cap in a national shirt, which is definitely possible with her 98 caps already. Amber Reed (Bristol) and Sarah McKenna (Saracens) are also named in the side after their time spent in the stands down to injury.
Middleton proved that great minds think alike when he stated that; “This is a huge year and we now have a squad training full time. Our preparation is based around a world-class programme and the Six Nations forms a key milestone ahead of the Women’s Rugby World Cup in August…” Here he shares the same view as Jones, as he sees tournaments like this as ‘crucial’ for preparation for big tournaments as the World Cup; himself using the tournament as good training for Tokyo 2019.
Both the Female and Male England sides are looking strong as they approach the Six Nations.