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Alex makes England Womens World Cup Squad

By Roger Berry

Alex makes England Womens World Cup Squad

Alex Matthews, who started her rugby, with sister Fran at Camberley has been selected for the England Womens World Cup squad which starts next month in France. - last season the girls presented on of their England jerseys to the club

The following is the text from the WRFU press release

England women's rugby union coach Gary Street has named a 26-strong squad for the World Cup in France next month.

Captained by fly-half Katy McLean, the squad features nine players making their tournament debut, including back-rower Alexandra Matthews, 20, who has recently returned from injury.

England play Samoa on 1 August, with Spain and Canada also in their group.

"We have a balance of new players hungry for a first World Cup but also more experienced heads," said Street.

Five of those experienced players - flanker Maggie Alphonsi, centre Rachel Burford, lock Tamara Taylor, full-back Danielle Waterman and prop Rochelle Clark - will be hoping to make it third time lucky, after all played in 2006 and 2010.

England have finished runners-up at the last three tournaments, but head to France with high hopes of finally toppling four-time champions New Zealand, who have beaten them in the last three finals.

Exciting Worcester wing Lydia Thompson, 22 and Wasps flanker Marlie Packer, 24, are among those who will feature at their first World Cup, while Wasps wing Michaela Staniford, Saracens flanker Hannah Gallagher, Lichfield duo Georgina Gulliver and Emily Braund, and Thurrock hooker Mercedes Foy all miss the cut.

All the pool games will be held at France's national rugby centre in Marcouiss, on the outskirts of Paris. The semi-finals and final will be played at the Stade Jean Bouin, home of Stade Francais.


Where next?

George is Whistling her way to South Africa Georgina Crabb is off to Western Province at the request of the South African RFU
Phil Burgess makes England 7s squad for Commonwealth Games Phil Burgess selected for England 7s at Commonwealth Games this month

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