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Bears Women quintet selected for Red Roses U20s

Five Bristol Bears Women's players have been included in Jo Yapp’s England Under-20 squad for the Tri Nation Cup opener against USA on Saturday.

Hollie Cunningham has been named in the second row, while Ebony Jefferies will start at number eight for the young Red Roses.

Lucie Skuse will wear the number ten jersey and Phoebe Murray will start at outside-centre for the tournament opener with Florence Long named among Yapp’s finishers.

In the three-nation tournament hosted by Canada last year, England secured the title as they went undefeated across their matches with a 36-17 victory over USA and a 27-17 win against Canada.

England Women U20 squad in full to face USA:

15. Carys Cox, 14. Cara Clarke, 13. Phoebe Murray, 12. Megan Varley, 11. Ellen Ramsbottom, 10. Lucie Skuse, 9. Jodie Mallard; 1. Akina Gondwe, 2. Bryony Field, 3.  Detysha Harper, 4. Iona Antwis, 5. Hollie Cunningham, 6. Tabitha Copson, 7. Amelia Harper, 8. Ebony Jefferies

Finishers: 16. Connie Powell, 17. Lauren Leatherland, 18. Florence Long, 19. Eleanor Febrey, 20. Anya Richmond, 21. Flo Robinson, 22. Emma Hardy, 23. Jess Cooksey

Jessica Thomas, Laura Perrin and Bethany Wilcock make up the wider Tri-Nations squad.

  • Tri-Nations Cup fixtures
  • Saturday 20 July: England Women U20 v USA Women U20 (KO 15:00 BST)
  • Wednesday 24 July: USA Women U20 v Canada Women U20 (KO 17:00 BST)
  • Sunday 28 July: Canada Women U20 v England Women U20 (KO 15:00 BST)