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Your News England's Womens squad announced for NZ test series

The England Womens squad to take on world champions New Zealand over three international tests later this month has been announced and it includes 16 survivors from last years Rugby World Cup campaign.

England will take on their old rivals, the Black Ferns, over two weeks with the first test kicking off at Twickenham Stadium on November 26th, kick off 5pm following the Australia versus Barbarians clash. The womens rugby giants will then meet again on November 29th and December 3rd at Esher RFC.

The two sides havent met since the Rugby World Cup final 14 months ago when New Zealand just edged out the host nations 13-10 in a thrilling final in front of a record breaking crowd, denying England their chance to lift the world cup crown again.

After a two test series defeat to France last week for a young England side Head Coach Gary Street has welcomed back Margaret Alphonsi, Rebecca Essex, Sophie Hemming, Katy McLean, Danielle Waterman, Alice Richardson and Claire Purdy to the squad. At the same time, some strong performances for Englands five newly capped players in France has seen Hannah Gallagher and Alexandra Matthews, who scored on her debut, also get the nod into the squad.

Street said: Barring a handful of injuries I have been able to select the core squad from last years Rugby World Cup. This means we have a lot of experience in the side as well as a lot of potential through our younger players. We have got some exciting new caps in Alexandra Matthews and Hannah Gallagher who did an excellent job against France and certainly did enough to cement their place in this squad.

I am sure for our experienced players there is the matter of unfinished business against New Zealand. In the world cup final we didnt play to our potential and I know the players will want to put that right against New Zealand in our first game at Twickenham Stadium.

England head into the series on the back of a winning Six Nations and Nations Cup campaign while New Zealand have not played an international test match since being crowned world champions in 2010. Street, however, is not expecting anything less that another world class performance from the Black Ferns.

New Zealands international record is second to none, they always turn up and I am not expecting anything less for this series, added Street. Like us they too have a strong world cup contingent in their squad as well as some young players, which is really going to set up this series to be a thriller.


Margaret Alphonsi (Saracens)

Rachael Burford (Richmond)

Rowena Burnfield (Richmond)

Rochelle Clark (Worcester)

Rebecca Essex(Richmond)

Victoria Fleetwood (Lichfield)

Hannah Gallagher (Saracens)

Sophie Hemming (Bristol)

Natasha Hunt (Lichfield)

SarahHunter (Lichfield)

Laura Keates (Worcester)

La Toya Mason (Wasps)

Alexandra Matthews (Richmond)

Katy McLean (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks)

Katherine Merchant (Worcester)

Kimberley Oliver (Bristol)

MarliePacker (Bristol)


Alice Richardson (Richmond)

Georgina Roberts (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks)

Emily Scarratt (Lichfield)

Michaela Staniford (Wasps)

Amy Turner (Richmond)

Tamara Taylor(Darlington Mowden Park Sharks)

Danielle Waterman (Worcester)

Kay Wilson (Richmond)

England Autumn International Series

Nov 26th England v New Zealand, Twickenham Stadium, KO 5pm, live on Sky Sports

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. They can also be purchased in advance at

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