By Mark Stevens
Five young Exeter Chiefs players have been named in the England Under-18s squad to face France at DAM Health Stadium in Edinburgh today.
Josie Plant, Lilly Plowman, Hannah Sams, Evie Walker and Daisy Womack are all part of a strong 26-man squad, which also faced Ireland at the same venue last Saturday.
The launch of the continental age roadmap through the launch of the U18 Women’s Festival is an important step in strengthening the foundations for future generations and stars of women’s sport, and as a important step towards further development in oriented competitions such as the U20 Championship.
Head coach James Cooper said: “We are all really excited to be coming to Edinburgh for the inaugural festivities of the Under-18 Women’s Six-Country Festival. “It’s another indication of the position of the female game and an important step in the learning curve for this group of players.
“We hope this experience will help them transition into the Under-20s, the Allianz Premier 15 and perhaps one day represent the Red Roses. The squad is ready and this is a testament to the care. Only that the players have performed when leaving camp and in the center of excellence throughout the season who has done an outstanding job.”
MY MEN AND WOMEN BELOW 18 YEARS old
Evie Addy (Yorkshire)
Daisy Aspinall (Loughborough Lightning)
Reneeqa Bonner (Bristol Bear)
Naomi Brennan (Gloucester Hartpury)
Leah Brough (Worcester Warriors)
Bridget Campbell (Yorkshire)
Grace Clifford (Harlequins)
Olivia Constable (Gloucester Hartpury)
Steph Else (Yorkshire)
Cerhys Gould (Gloucester Hartpury)
Freya Greensmith (Yorkshire)
Katie Johnson (Saracens)
Kira Leat (Gloucester Hartpury)
Molly Luthayi (Loughborough Lightning)
Sophie McQueen (Gloucester-Hartpury)
Josie Plant (Exeter Chiefs)
Lilly Plowman (Exeter Chiefs)
Anna Richardson (North East and Cumbria)
Hannah Sams (Captain Exeter)
Tori Sellors (Worcester Warriors)
Katie Shillaker (Harlequins)
Niamh Swailes (North East and Cumbria)
Lucy Thorpe (Northeast and Cumbria)
Evie Walker (Captain Exeter)
Lucy Weaver (Loughborough Lightning)
Daisy Womack (Exeter Chiefs)