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U20 Tri-Nations in Loughborough this week

The 2019 U20 Tri-Nations, involving Canada, England and the United States, takes place in at Loughborough University beginning, this weekend

Action from last year's tournament. Photo: MSchroFoto / Rugby Canada

Canada hosted the tournament last year, falling to England in the final match to come second.

 “The U20 age group is a pivotal steppingstone for our national identified athletes, which you can see with the number of graduates currently in the senior women’s squad,” said Canadian coach Jack Hanratty. “We have an incredible amount of talent across the country at this age group and we have identified players from USport, Provincial programs, and sevens academies.”

USA head coach Ricardo Ramirez  said: “We've spent the time since camp reviewing a talented player pool. Selections are always a hard activity but we're excited to see this travel squad compete because they are dynamic and bring a lot to the table on and off the field.

“Each player has their own flavour as an individual that only adds to our collective abilities as a team. These players are excited to represent their country and we as a staff cannot wait to see the next generation of Eagles.”

England coach Jo Yapp said: “We’ve had short lead in to this first game but preparations so far have gone well.  We have had a good opportunity to do a collaborative session with USA and Canada which the players and staff both took a lot of learnings from. The players are now very much looking forward to what we know will be a very physical contest on Saturday.

“We’re delighted to be hosting the Tri-Nations Cup at home this year after a fantastic event in Canada last summer. With a number of players out due to injury, this tournament gives several younger players an opportunity to step up. It allows players to not only develop on the field but being in camp and having back-to-back games is a fantastic way to prepare players for senior competitions in the future. All the players are looking forward to the challenge."

There are no plans for the RFU to stream any of the games.

Canadian Squad: Maya Addai (Ottawa (Kanata) & Barrhaven Scottish (Ottawa, ON)); Lyric Atchison (UBC Thunderbirds (North Vancouver, BC)); Jasmine Baxter (Oshawa Vikings (Ajax, ON)); Justine Blatt-Jannmatt (Valley Bulldogs/Windsor Machine (Wolfville, NS)); Keegan Brantner (Lethbridge RFC (Lethbridge, AB)); Rayann D’Aguiar (Brampton Beavers (Caledon, ON)); Sophie De Goede (Castaway Wanderers (Victoria, BC)); Emma Feldinger (UBC Thunderbirds (Alex Creek)); Danielle Franada (Grande Prairie Sirens (Grande Prairie, AB)); Claudia Fulton (Valley Bulldogs RFC (Aylesford, NS)); Lizzie Gibson (Oakville Crusaders); Callie Harder (Uvic Vikings (Lillooet, BC)); Kally King (UBC Thunderbirds (Kamloops, BC)); Idia Ihensekhein (Oakville Crusaders (Milton,); Sarah-Maude Lachance (Club de Rugby de Quebec (Victoriaville, QC)); Brogan Mior (Foothills Lions (Okotoks, AB)); Maya Montiel (Ottawa Irish (Moncton, NB)); Hanna Nicholl (Toronto Nomads (Toronto, ON)); Angie Olukunmi (Calgary Irish (Calgary, AB)); Holly Phillips (Calgary Irish (Canmore, AB)); Berlyn Seselja (U of C Dinos (Surrey, BC)); Shoshanah Seumanutafa (UBC Thunderbirds); Alayna Scramstad (UBC Thunderbirds (Lashburn, SK)); Noemie Tremblay (Club de Rugby de Quebec (Quebec City, QC)); Rori Wood (UBC Thunderbirds (Sooke, BC)

England team for opening match: 1. Akina Gondwe, Worcester Warriors Women/ University of Worcester; 2. Bryony Field, Loughborough Lightning/ Loughborough College; 3. Detysha Harper, Firwood Waterloo Ladies/ Manchester Metropolitan University; 4. Iona Antwis, Gloucester-Hartpury Women/ Hartpury College; 5. Hollie Cunningham, Bristol Bears Women/ Exeter University; 6. Tabitha Copson, Gloucester-Hartpury Women/ Hartpury College; 7. Amelia Harper, Loughborough Lightning/ Loughborough College (Captain); 8. Ebony Jefferies, Bristol Bears Women/ University of Exeter; 9. Jodie Mallard, Loughborough Lightning/ Loughborough College; 10.  Lucie Skuse, Bristol Bears Women; 11.  Ellen Ramsbottom, Loughborough Lightning/ Loughborough College; 12.  Megan Varley, Worcester Valkyries/ Coventry University; 13.  Phoebe Murray, Bristol Bears Women/ Bristol University (Vice-captain); 14.  Cara Clarke, Worcester Warriors Women/ University of Bath; 15.  Carys Cox, Worcester Warriors Women/ Cardiff Metropolitan University;  ; Finishers;  ; 16.  Connie Powell, Gloucester-Hartpury Women/ Hartpury College; 17.  Lauren Leatherland, Worcester Warriors Women/ University of Worcester; 18.  Florence Long, Bristol Bears Women/ SGS College Filton; 19.  Eleanor Febrey, Gloucester-Hartpury Women/ Hartpury College; 20.  Anya Richmond, Loughborough Lightning/ Loughborough College; 21.  Flo Robinson, Pulborough RFC; 22.  Emma Hardy, Loughborough Lightning/ Loughborough University; 23.  Jess Cooksey, Gloucester-Hartpury Women/ Hartpury College. Jessica Thomas [Bristol Bears Women/ University of Exeter], Laura Perrin [Firwood Waterloo] and Bethany Wilcock [Harlequins Ladies/ Brockenhurst College] make up the wider Tri-Nations squad;

USA squad: Tiana A'au (Prop) (Central Washington University); Ubaida Ahmed (Wing) (Mount St. Mary's University); Kapoina Bailey (Back Row) (Kona High School); Cassidy Bargell (Scrumhalf) (Harvard University); Megan Bird (Back 3) (Davenport University); Paige Fallon (Back Row) (Life University); Gio Ferguson Lewis (Back Row) (West Point Academy); Morgan Freeman (Utility (Lindenwood University); Natalie Gray (Second Row) (Lindenwood University); Sophia Haley (Back Row) (Dartmouth College); Saher Hamdan (Hooker) (Notre Dame College); Erica Jarrell (Second Row) (Harvard University); Tori Jones (Prop) (University of Notre Dame); Allison Koenig (Flyhalf)/Back 3) (Quinnipiac University); Clara Lemal-BRow)n (Wing) (Quinnipiac University); Matalasi Morrissette (Flyhalf)/Centre) (Brigham Young University); Mary Jane Pasioles (Scrumhalf) (Central Washington University); Marin Pennell (Back Row) (Dartmouth College); Karissa Postula (Centre) (Oregon Rugby Sports Union (ORSU)); Darina Roe (Flyhalf) (Pennsylvania State University); Joannah Skucek (Prop) (Lindenwood University); Samantha Tancredi (Second Row) (Lindenwood University); Nohea Uluave (Centre) (Lindenwood University); Elizabeth Wilson (Back Row) (Northern Virginia Rugby (NOVA)); Glory Woolley (Flanker) (Oklahoma State University);

(4pm BST kick-off in all games)

Saturday, July 20: England U20 v USA U20s

Wednesday, July 24: USA U20s v Canada U20s

Sunday, July 28: England U20s v Canada U20s