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Nine Bristol Ladies Named In England Six Nations Squad

England Women head coach Simon Middleton has announced his 33-player squad for the Six Nations which gets underway on Saturday, February 4th.

In addition, it has today been confirmed that Sky Sports will broadcast all five of England Women’s 2017 Six Nations fixtures.

This is the first time all of England Women’s Six Nations games will be broadcast on television. The Red Roses will host three games at home, kicking off against 2016 champions France at Twickenham at 7.35pm, after the conclusion of the men’s game.

Bristol's forwards Sarah Bern, Poppy Cleall, Izzy Noel Smith, Marlie Packer and World Rugby Women's Player of the Year Sarah Hunter are all named in the squad.

In the backs Megan Jones, Noli Waterman, Amy Wilson Hardy and Amber Reed are included, all from Bristol Ladies. 

In addition to the opening game against France at Twickenham, England play twice at the Twickenham Stoop; against Italy on Saturday, February 25th, KO 1pm and Scotland on Saturday, March 11th, getting under way at 1pm.

They travel to Cardiff Arms Park on February, 11th to take on Wales (KO 11.30am), finishing their campaign in Dublin against Ireland, hosts of the 2017 Women's World Cup, on Friday, March 17th KO 8pm.

Middleton said: “This is a huge year and we now have a squad training full time. Our preparation is based around a world-class programme and the Six Nations forms a key milestone ahead of the Women’s Rugby World Cup in August.

“There is strength and depth in this squad and, while we will be taking one week at a time and working to build through the tournament, our ambition is to win the Six Nations trophy.”

Both England v France and Ireland v England will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Mix, launched in August last year, and available free to all Sky TV customers.

Of the broadcast announcement, Ian Ritchie, RFU Chief Executive, said: “This commitment from Sky Sports reflects what an exciting time it is for women’s rugby and the ongoing growth of the game. This is an excellent opportunity for any fans unable to attend games to get behind the Red Roses as they build towards the Women’s Rugby World Cup in Ireland later this year.”

Gus Williamson, Head of Rugby for Sky Sports, said: “This is great news for Sky Sports viewers and another example of our strong partnership with the RFU across all levels. This deal will give our viewers more action from the Women’s Six Nations than ever before, which adds to a thrilling year of women’s rugby on Sky Sports.”

Entry to England v France at Twickenham is free following the conclusion of the men’s game while tickets for England’s two games at the Twickenham Stoop are now available here.

In addition to the women’s matches, all three of England U20 home Six Nations fixtures will also be shown live on Sky Sports.

England Women Six Nations fixtures:

England v France
Saturday, February 4th, KO 7.35pm, live on Sky Sports Mix
Twickenham stadium
Free entry after the men’s game

Wales v England
Saturday, February 11th, KO 11.30am, live on Sky Sports 3
Cardiff Arms Park

England v Italy 
Saturday, February 25th, KO 1pm, live on Sky Sports 2
Twickenham Stoop
Tickets available here

England v Scotland 
Saturday, March 11th, KO 1pm, coverage delayed until 8pm on Sky Sports 2 
Twickenham Stoop
Tickets available here

Ireland v England
Friday, March 17th, KO 8pm, live on Sky Sports Mix
Donnybrook Stadium, Dublin

N.B. Channel information subject to change.

Follow @Bristol_L_Rugby to keep up-to-date on all the action. 

 Bristol Ladies Media - sponsored by Wring Group. 

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