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Your News England Women swop rugby pitches for trampolines

Englands Women have been preparing for their busy autumn international schedule against France and world champions New Zealand with a unique form of training which has seen the players moving away from the rugby pitches and taking to trampolines.

England, who take on France in a two test series in Marseille in November and then New Zealand over three matches in November and December in England, teamed up with former trampolining Olympian Jaime Moore and GB Trampolinist Coach Tracy Whittaker at the Northampton Trampoline Gymnastics Academy this week.

Englands forwards were invited to the session by England Womens Under 20s coach Steve Halsey. The former Northampton, Bedford and London Welsh lock is a great advocate of the benefits of trampolining training. He said: The idea of the trampolining lineout jumping session came from my own experiences of the sport. As a former player and a PE teacher I know that there is a real cross over in skills between the two disciplines.

As part of incorporating specialist sessions for our players this season this training session was aimed at improving our forwards body management in the air and improving their jumping techniques. It will also help develop their height and speed confidence in the air and improve their high hand skills such as catching and manipulation of the ball, again in the air.

England wont have to wait long to see the benefits of the trampolining sessions as they are next in action on November 2nd when they take on France in Marseille at the Jean Bouin Stadium.

England Women Autumn International Series

Nov 2nd France v England, Jean Bouin Stadium, Marseille, KO 6pm GMT

Nov 5th France v England, Aix-en-Provence, KO 2pm GMT

Nov 26th England v New Zealand, Twickenham Stadium, KO 5pm

Nov 29th England v New Zealand, Esher RFC, KO 7pm

Dec 3rd England v New Zealand, Esher RFC, 2pm

Tickets for the game at Twickenham on November 26th are available from and group booking are available from the RFU by calling 0871 22 22 017, option 6. Prices range from 65 to 35. Junior tickets cost just 15.

Tickets for the international tests at Esher RFC on November 29th and December 3rd will be available on the gate and cost 10 for adults and 5 for juniors.

England Elite Squad

ClaireAllan (Richmond) (Centre)

Margaret Alphonsi (Saracens) (Flanker)

Rowena Burnfield (Richmond) (2nd Row)

Rochelle Clark (Worcester) (Prop)

Emma Croker (Richmond) (Hooker)

Rebecca Essex(Richmond) (2nd Row)

Heather Fisher (Worcester) (Flanker)

Victoria Fleetwood (Lichfield) (Hooker)

Sophie Hemming (Bristol) (Prop)

Natasha Hunt (Lichfield) (Scrum Half)

SarahHunter (Lichfield) (Flanker)

Laura Keates (Worcester) (Prop)

Jane Leonard (Wasps) (Flanker)

La Toya Mason (Wasps) (Scrum Half)

Francesca Matthews (Richmond) (Wing)

Joanna McGilchrist (Wasps) (2nd Row)

SarahMcKenna (Wasps) (Fly Half)

Katy McLean Darlington Mowden Park Sharks (Fly Half)

Katherine Merchant (Worcester) (Wing)

Harriet Millar-Mills (Lichfield) (No 8)

Isabelle Noel-Smith (Bristol) (Flanker)

Kimberley Oliver (Bristol) (Fly Half)

MarliePacker (Bristol) (Flanker)

Fiona Pocock (Richmond) (Full Back)

ClairePurdy(Wasps) (Prop)

Amber Reed (Bristol) (Centre)

Alice Richardson (Richmond) (Centre)

Georgina Roberts (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks) (Centre)

Georgina Rozario (Lichfield) (Scrum Half)

Emily Scarratt (Lichfield) (Centre)

Tamara Taylor(Darlington Mowden Park Sharks) (2nd Row)

Amy Turner (Richmond) (Hooker)

Danielle Waterman (Worcester) (Full Back)

Kay Wilson (Richmond) (Full Back)

Jennifer Brightmore (Worcester) (Lock)

Hannah Field (Wasps) (Flanker)

SoniaGreen(Saracens) (No 8)

Rose Jay (Lichfield) (scrum half/wing)

Charlotte Keane (Worcester) (scrum half)

Ruth Laybourn (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks) (Wing)

Michaela Staniford (Wasps) (Wing)

Lydia Thompson (Worcester) (Wing)

Charlotte Wild (Lichfield) (Prop)

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