Behind The Scenes with the Red Roses

England Women’s Rugby Training Camp

Following last weekends excellent victory in the Quilter International match against the USA Women’s Rugby team at Allianz Park, I got the chance to spend some team with the England Women’s squad behind the scenes in their training camp at Castle Park ahead of the game against the Canada Women’s Rugby team. 

In the final training session before this weekends game the squad started by walking through some tactics and pre-planned moves that the management team had designed to highlight and attack the visitors weaknesses. It was also a chance for the players to offer their input and to give feedback to the England management on the planned moves.

The squad was then split into three small groups as the training moved into a warm-up programme with three different exercises, each group spent a few minutes on each exercise before the team split again to work on their own specialised areas.

The management team then focused training on set pieces with a number of line-outs and scrums in different locations around the pitch.  Whilst Katy Daley-Mclean practiced kicking at the posts as well finding touch from deep inside the England half.

The squad then split back into three small groups to work on some basic skills, such as tackling and blocking with the bags, attacking moves with secondary runs and the final group was passing and handling the ball.

The final twenty minutes of the session was a mini game were the squad put into practice what they had discussed and worked on during training. 

Scarborough born Zoe Aidcroft will be looking to make an impact as she returns to her native Yorkshire. Having partnered Abbie Scott in the second-row win against the USA last week, however she will drop down to the bench against Canada on Sunday were she will hope to play her part later in the game.

England manager Simon Middleton has named his match day squad to face Canada on Sunday 18th November at Castle Park, Doncaster. Middleton makes ten changes to the side that beat USA last weekend at Allianz Park, with four new players in the squad.

Speaking about the match England manager Simon Middleton said, “From the outset our intention for the Quilter Internationals was to give all of the selected squad an opportunity to stake their claim within a Test match environment.

The competition for places is really tough within the squad and that’s great to see, there were some excellent individual performances against the USA on Friday and I will expect to see the same from the players that have been selected this weekend against Canada.

We are really excited to play in Yorkshire and are looking forward to a great crowd and atmosphere at Castle Park on Sunday. We last played Canada, who are ranked number four in the world in three games last November and we won all three.”  

England Women Team (v Canada)

Sarah McKenna, Millie Wood, Lucy Attwood, Rachael Burford, Kelly Smith, Zoe Harrison, Leanne Riley, Vickii Cornborough, Lark Davies, Hannah Botterman, Catherine O’Donnell, Abbie Scott, Poppy Cleall, Marlie Packer, Sarah Hunter (Replacements) Heather Kerr, Ellena Perry, Shaunagh Brown, Zoe Aidcroft, Katy Daley-Mclean, Carys Williams, Claudia MacDonald, Jo Brown.

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