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England's young guns to shine

The England U20s management have lined up three games against France and Wales next year. The game against France will be the curtain raiser for the men’s U20 fixture between the same teams in Nantes.

A new squad with 12 newcomers has been announced for the coming season with13 players named who were involved in the winning under 20s Nations Cup campaign last year.

Tom Stokes, the RFUW's Player Development Manager, said: "The international match against France will be a fantastic opportunity for the players and an excellent challenge. It will give them a taste of international rugby in a high pressured environment which will be an important part of their development on and off the field.

"The focus for the England Under 20s squad is about developing and preparing players technically, physically and mentally for senior international rugby. Charlotte Male and Marlie Packer have already been called up to the England A squad this season, and I am confident that there are several more players in this group with the talent and ambition to progress to full international honours."

Specialist coaches will be brought in to concentrate on specific skills areas, including former England international and Newbury RFC head coach Ben Sturnham, Bedford Blues coach Martin Hynes and Newcastle Falcons Academy Manager Mark Laycock

England U20 squad 2009/10

Sasha Acheson Shelford
Victoria Cornborough Richmond
*Fiona Davidson Richmond
Hannah Field Wasps
Victoria Fleetwood Lichfield
Jessie Flowers Oxford University
Rose Fong Darlington Mowden Park Sharks
*Milly Fuggles OA Saints
*Hannah Gallagher Welwyn
Nicola Hoole Bristol
*Rebecca Hughes Bristol
*Rose Jay Burfield
Garnet Mackinder University of Birmingham
*Stacey Maguire Lichfield
Charlotte Male Bristol
Amy Millar Worcester
Harriet Mills Lichfield
Marlie Packer Bristol
*Amber Reed Bristol
*Emily Scott Welwyn
Juliet Short Darlington Mowden Park Sharks
*Geraldine Thomas OA Saints
*Sophie Watkiss Worcester
*Kay Wilson Richmond
*Amy Wilson-Hardy Hove

* Indicates new Under 20s squad member

England U20s playing schedule

France U20s v England U20s, March 21st, KO 1pm, Sainte Nazaire

England U20s v Wales U20s, April 7th, venue and KO TBC

Wales U20s v England U20s, May (weekend of 8th & 9th May), venue and KO TB

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