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Nomads out to keep winning

The Nomads are looking to keep their winning streak going this Sunday as they take on England A at Esher. The Nomads are an invitational team featuring top players not currently involved in international competition as well as ex-international team players from around the world. They havent lost a game since 2007.

The Nomads squad for the weekend features a wealth of experienced players with the likes of former England players Shelley Rae (pictured), Karen Andrew Sue Day and Susie Appleby included. There are also capped players from countries including Canada, Wales and Ireland.

England A Head Coach Mike Barnett has also named a strong starting line-up which includes Rosemarie Crowley and Jane Leonard who both featured in England's historic win over world champions New Zealand in November. Saracens' Sonia Green will captain the squad.

Barnett said: "This is a big season for all of the players. This is their opportunity to put their hands up for a place in the world cup squad which is less than seven months away. 'A' team rugby is all about development, and yes we want to win every game we play, but really this is all about staking their claim.

"The Nomads traditionally always provide a difficult challenge and they are always unpredictable, but that is great for our players. You never know what you are going to get and with so many former international players in their ranks they are always a difficult proposition."

England A will also play Spain and France A this season, as well as a second test against the Nomads.

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England A team to play the Nomads.

Georgina Roberts Darlington (Mowden Park Sharks), Francesca Matthews (Richmond), Abigail Chamberlain (Richmond), Kimberley Oliver (Bristol), Amber Penrith (Worcester), Danielle Knight (Lichfield), Georgina Rozario (Bristol), Laura Keates (Worcester), Emma Layland (Richmond), Rosemarie Crowley (Lichfield), Natalie Binstead (Wasps), Jenny Brightmore (Worcester), Gemma Sharples (Worcester), Jane Leonard (Lichfield / Army), Sonia Green (C) (Saracens)

Replacements:Victoria Fleetwood (Lichfield), Monica Lewinska (Bristol), Marlie Packer (Bristol), Sara Anastasi (Richmond), Sarah Guest (Worcester), Natasha Hunt (Bristol), Jennifer Edwards (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks)

Nomads Squad:

Arabah Chintoh. Charlie Goode, Davinia Montenero, Daryle Poole, Deena Aiken, Elisha Dee, Fiona Britten, Jackie Shiels, Nic Evans, Jo Poore, Karen Andrews, Laura Jenkins, Liza Burgess, Maxine Edwards, Sarah Marsh, Shelley Rae, Susan Day, Susie Appleby, Vicki Jackson, Michelle Houle, Desiree Emery, Jill McCallum

England A Fixtures:

Feb 7th, England A v Nomads, KO 4pm Esher RFC

Feb 14th, Spain v England A, KO 1230pm local time, Gijon Las Mestas Stadium

March 13th, England A v Nomads, KO 530pm local time, Esher RFC

March 19th, France A v Spain, KO 515pm local time, Rennes Stade Velodrome