Three former Welwyn players included in England's Elite Player Squad for 2019
PUBLISHED: 11:46 03 January 2019
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Three former Welwyn players have been included in England's 35-strong Elite Player Squad for the 2019 season.
Hannah Botterman, who also played for Datchworth, and Zoe Harrison have both been awarded full-time contracts while Ellena Perry will join on an EPS agreement, which means she will join up with the squad at camps and training session but not the full programme.
Hertfordshire as a county is well represented too with Harpenden’s Sarah McKenna and Justine Lucas of Baldock also included, as well as another four who ply their trade with Saracens.
The squad comes together at its new Bisham Abbey base for January testing this weekend for three-days of training ahead of the 2019 Women’s Six Nations, which kicks off against Ireland in Dublin on February 1.
Head coach Simon Middleton said: “Every player has worked hard to rightly earn their place. As a player and management group, our immediate focus is very much on the Six Nations and the continued development of what is a still a very new squad of players.
“The introduction of full-time contracts will take time to embed but will unquestionably help us to accelerate the development process. This is a huge opportunity and we recognise the expectation that comes with the investment.
“It is now down to us as a management and playing group to meet those expectations.”
England Women Elite Player Squad 2019
Zoe Aldcroft (Gloucester-Hartpury Womens RFC)
Sarah Beckett (Firwood Waterloo Ladies)
Sarah Bern (Bristol Bears Women)
Hannah Botterman (Saracens Women)
Jo Brown (Loughborough Lightning)
Rowena Burnfield (Richmond FC)*
Shaunagh Brown (Harlequins Ladies)
Bryony Cleall (Saracens Women)*
Poppy Cleall (Saracens Women)
Amy Cokayne (Wasps FC Ladies)*
Vickii Cornborough (Harlequins Ladies)
Lark Davies (Worcester Valkyries)
Vicky Fleetwood (Saracens Women)
Sarah Hunter (Loughborough Lightning)
Justine Lucas (Loughborough Lightning)
Cath O’ Donnell (Loughborough Lightning)
Marlie Packer (Saracens Women)
Ellena Perry (Saracens Women)*
Abbie Scott (Harlequins Ladies)
Jess Breach (Harlequins Ladies)
Rachael Burford (Harlequins Ladies)
Katy Daley-Mclean (Loughborough Lightning)
Abby Dow (Wasps FC Ladies)*
Zoe Harrison (Saracens Women)
Tatyana Heard (Gloucester-Hartpury Womens RFC)
Natasha Hunt (Gloucester-Hartpury Womens RFC)
Claudia Macdonald (Wasps FC Ladies)*
Sarah McKenna (Saracens Women)
Leanne Riley (Harlequins Ladies)
Emily Scarratt (Loughborough Lightning)
Emily Scott (Harlequins Ladies)*
Kelly Smith (Gloucester-Hartpury Womens RFC)
Lydia Thompson (Worcester Valkyries)
Lagi Tuima (Bristol Bears Women)
Carys Williams (Loughborough Lightning)
* Denotes EPS agreement player