Plymouth rugby star Gill named in England women’s elite squad

England rugbyFORMER Plymouth Albion Ladies forward Courtney Gill is one of two uncapped players named in England Women’s Elite Squad (EPS) for the 2015/16 season.

Lock Gill, who was vice-captain of the England Under-20 side, now plays for Worcester. The Plymothian joins her Worcester team-mate and former University of St Mark and St John student Rochelle Clark in the England squad.

Prop Clark is England’s all-time record appearance holder and a World Cup winner.

England Women’s head coach Simon Middleton said: “As we continue to develop our squad for the future, this EPS has been selected with our focus on our defence of the 2017 Rugby World Cup, our ongoing Sevens programme as well as getting the positional balance right across the board.

“I am excited to welcome back four players who have already been involved in the EPS programme while Zira Hanley and Courtney Gill are players who are improving all the time and really deserve the opportunity to step up to the next level.

“With such a busy calendar this is going to be another big year for England women’s rugby. It is therefore important we build on the momentum of developing players as we look to balance our XVs and Sevens ambitions.”


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