Saracens duo named in England’s World Cup squad

PUBLISHED: 15:29 29 June 2017

England celebrate their victory over New Zealand after the Rugby Super Series match at the Rotorua International Stadium (pic David Davies/PA)

England celebrate their victory over New Zealand after the Rugby Super Series match at the Rotorua International Stadium (pic David Davies/PA)

PA Wire/PA Images

Saracens Vicky Fleetwood and Emily Scott have been named in a 28-strong England squad for the Women’s Rugby World Cup in Dublin in August.

England's Vicky Fleetwood is tackled by Italy's Lucia Cammarano during the RBS Women's 6 Nations match at Twickenham Stoop. Picture: PAUL HARDING/PA WIREEngland's Vicky Fleetwood is tackled by Italy's Lucia Cammarano during the RBS Women's 6 Nations match at Twickenham Stoop. Picture: PAUL HARDING/PA WIRE

Rachael Burford (Harlequins), Rochelle Clark (Worcester Valkyries), Tamara Taylor (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks) and Danielle Waterman (Bristol) all head to their fourth consecutive World Cup, having appeared in every tournament since 2006.

And Sarah Hunter (Bristol), who led the team to their first Six Nations Grand Slam since 2012 earlier this season, will lead the side with Emily Scarratt (Lichfield) as vice captain.

England, the current holders, are drawn in Pool B alongside Spain, Italy and USA and kick off their campaign against Spain at the UCD Bowl on Wednesday August 9 at 2pm. All England games will be broadcast live on ITV.

Head coach Simon Middleton has named a squad of significant experience, sharing a total of 1,207 caps.

Of the 28 names, 15 were part of the Red Roses’ 2014 World Cup-winning squad and six players, Saracens’ Scott, Waterman, Scarratt, Natasha Hunt (Lichfield), Katy Mclean (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks) and Amy Wilson Hardy (Bristol), represented Team GB sevens at last year’s Rio Olympic Games.

Following a successful three-Test tour in New Zealand, where the Red Roses overcame Australia, Canada and the Black Ferns, the side go into the competition ranked number one team in the world.

Middleton said: “We are confident we have an incredibly strong squad, made up of hugely experienced players who have featured in previous Women’s Rugby World Cups and other major tournaments such as the Olympics.

“At the same time, we have younger players who have been involved in a Grand Slam-winning side and a successful three Test series against some of the best teams in the world earlier this month.

“Selection is probably one of the toughest jobs you do as a coach. This is not just a squad of the 28 players travelling to Ireland, but represents all those who have contributed so much this season to make this the team it is.

“Our focus has always been on going to Ireland to win the Women’s Rugby World Cup. To do that we are going to have to give more than in any competition we’ve played over the past year.”

Captain Hunter added: “It’s a massive honour to captain England in the Women’s Rugby World Cup. It’s a hugely exciting time for everyone and we are now looking forward to getting back out on the training pitch, confident from our performances in New Zealand and ready to build on those and improve again.”

The four most successful teams from the pool stages will qualify for the semi-finals which take place at the Kingspan Stadium, Belfast on Tuesday August 22, with both games live on ITV4.

The final will be held on Saturday August 26 at 7.45pm, again at Kingspan Stadium, and will be broadcast live on ITV4.

England, forwards: Zoe Aldcroft (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks, 4 caps); Sarah Bern (Bristol, 10 caps); Rochelle Clark (Worcester Valkyries, 124 caps); Amy Cokayne (Lichfield, 28 caps); Vickii Cornborough (Harlequins, 25 caps); Vicky Fleetwood (Saracens, 61 caps); Sarah Hunter (captain, Bristol, 93 caps); Heather Kerr (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks, 8 caps); Justine Lucas (Lichfield, 22 caps); Alex Matthews (Richmond, 31 caps); Harriet Millar-Mills (Lichfield, 46 caps); Izzy Noel-Smith (Bristol, 31 caps); Marlie Packer (Bristol, 47 caps); Abbie Scott (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks, 17 caps); Tamara Taylor (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks, 105 caps); backs: Rachael Burford (Harlequins, 67 caps); Natasha Hunt (Lichfield, 37 caps); Megan Jones (Bristol, 4 caps); La Toya Mason (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks, 66 caps); Katy Mclean (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks, 85 caps); Amber Reed (Bristol, 39 caps); Leanne Riley (Harlequins, 10 caps); Emily Scarratt (VC) (Lichfield, 69 caps); Emily Scott (Saracens, 23 caps); Lydia Thompson (Worcester Valkyries, 34 caps); Danielle Waterman (Bristol, 70 caps); Kay Wilson (Richmond, 44 caps); Amy Wilson Hardy (Bristol, 7 caps).

Fixtures: England v Spain (August 9, UCD Bowl, Dublin, 2pm); England v Italy (August 13, Billings Park UCD, Dublin, 2.30pm); England v USA (August 17, Billings Park UCD, Dublin, 2.30pm).

Latest Hampstead & Highgate Sports News

Hampstead & Westminster handed out a lesson to the students of Exeter as they made it five straight wins in the Premier Division in sunny Devon.

Yesterday, 20:12

Sarries made it two out of two in their Champions Cup campaign.

The Spurs manager admitted his team suffered ‘a little bit more’ than he would have liked during today’s derby with West Ham

Yesterday, 17:21

FA Cup fourth qualifying round: Haringey Borough 2 Poole Town 1

The Hammers huffed and puffed but couldn’t beat Hugo Lloris

Yesterday, 13:56

Former Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has been discussing various topics with Layth Yousif during his exclusive interview this week. The talented 26-year-old invited Layth to his house for an in-depth discussion on a wide-ranging number of issues as the star prepares to launch his first soccer school at the end of this month. Read on for more...

Yesterday, 01:34

West Ham United Hammers midfielder Jack Wilshere says there is far more to come from Manuel Pellegrini’s side this season.

Nicky Shorey has a 100 per cent record so far, but can expect a big challenge on Saturday


Looking to get your child interested in a sport? Allianz Park, home to rugby union team Saracens, welcomes people of all ages to join their family of supporters and discover how their core values Honesty, Discipline, Humility and Work Rate underpin everything they do off and on the pitch.

As part of a major refurb, the London Marriott Hotel Maida Vale has renamed its three new-look function rooms to reflect the geography and rich history of the area. The largest, perfect for weddings and large meetings, is named after a Hampstead subterranean river, The Westbourne.

Londoners seeking high quality houses for sale within easy commuting distance of the capital are being advised to look north to St Albans’ prestigious Gabriel Square development.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read Hampstead & Highgate sport

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now