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Middleton announces squad for Old Mutual Wealth Series

Simon Middleton has announced a 28 player squad for the Old Mutual Wealth Series where England will face Canada in a three Test series in November.

Caity Mattinson and Lagi Tuima are set for their England debuts, while Izzy Noel-Smith and Amber Reed are also included.

The 28-player squad will convene in camp on the 13th November in Bisham Abbey.  18 players from the recent Women’s Rugby World Cup squad have been included in the squad, with seven uncapped players also named.
 
Simon Middleton, England Women Head Coach today said: “We’re really excited; we know the challenge will be different this season. We have new additions to the squad, a good combination of experience but also some new and exciting talent. We have full confidence that they can come up to standard quickly and showcase their talents, with our more experienced players leading from the front and setting the example that the youngsters need to follow.
 
“Our focus this season will be about winning and that will stay top of our agenda. We have indoctrinated a winning culture in the squad last season and we want to keep this winning mentality throughout this one. We are looking forward to getting back out and taking on Canada, in what we know will be a challenging and demanding three Test series.”   

The Red Roses will take on Canada in opening game at Allianz Park on Friday 17th November, (K.O. 19:30, live stream via Englandrugby.com).

The two sides will meet again in a mid-week fixture at The Stoop on Tuesday 21st November, (K.O 19:45, live Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Action & Sky Sports Mix) before playing in the series finale at Twickenham Stadium (K.O. 17:40, live Sky Sports Arena & Sky Sports Mix) with free entry after the men’s game against Samoa.
 
Alongside the announcement of the Old Mutual Wealth Series squad England have also named a wider 35 woman Elite Player Squad for the 2017/18 season.
 
Additional players named as part of the 35 woman EPS include Bristol Ladies’ Poppy Leitch.

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