England call-up for Welwyn Warriors’ rugby talent

PUBLISHED: 15:13 24 May 2013 | UPDATED: 15:28 24 May 2013

Sydney Gregson, pictured playing for Welwyn (with ball) has been selected for England U20s

Sydney Gregson, pictured playing for Welwyn (with ball) has been selected for England U20s


WELWYN Warriors girls’ rugby talent Sydney Gregson has been called-up for the England U20s for this summer’s Nations Cup at Trent College in Nottingham.

England U20s Head Coach Amanda Bennett has made a number of changes for the tournament that will see England take on South Africa, Canada and the USA in July.

Bennett has called up 10 players who are set to make their U20s bow, including Gregson, and they’ll be led by Bristol’s and Penryn’s Kayleigh Callway-Bawden. Bianca Blackburn has been named as vice-captain.

“The Nations Cup squad shows balance of U20s experience set against the raw talent of new players who we hope will step up to the mark on an international stage,” said Bennett. “The talent coming through the system gets stronger and more impressive each year.”

England head into the Nations Cup on the back of two defeats against France this season but they are the reigning tournament champions, and in fact have never been defeated in the Nations Cup.

“Because of our history in this tournament and it being on home turf there’s no doubt expectations are high. We have our goals for the tournament and, although we haven’t played the USA, Canada or South Africa since winning the 2011 Nations Cup, we do know that they will have been working hard and will offer a significantly tougher challenge this time around.

“We know our opposition will be physical and athletic whilst they also have some highly skilled individuals who can turn the game in a matter of seconds.”

England will play South Africa on July 11, Canada on July 14 and the USA on July 17. The final will be played on July 21.

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