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Six Lightning players named in England training squad

Loughborough Lightning have had six players named in England’s 38-strong training squad today, with the Red Roses currently preparing for back-to-back fixtures against Canada.

Grace Clifford, Daisy Hibbert-Jones, and Lilli Ives Campion are all yet to be capped at international level, while Sadia Kabeya, Cath O’Donnell, and Helena Rowland will be looking to add to 13, 27 and 24 Test appearances respectively in the Summer Series.

Meanwhile Emily Scarratt has returned to Loughborough to continue her injury rehab with Lightning.

The England squad began with two camps in Chester, before returning south to Pennyhill Park last week, and interim head coach Louis Deacon has been impressed by the quality and the unity on display.

“The start of our new journey together as a squad has been very enjoyable,” he said.

“Not only has there been positive progression on the field, but we have seen an incredible desire from the players and staff to do their best for one another, for the benefit of the Red Roses.”

Louis Deacon, England Interim Head Coach

“It was extremely beneficial for the squad to experience a camp in a different region of the country, and we extend our thanks and appreciation to Chester Rugby Club for hosting us.

“The hard work continues at Pennyhill Park with everything gearing up towards the two home fixtures against Canada at Exeter Chiefs and Saracens before we travel out to New Zealand for WXV.”

England training squad for Summer Series vs Canada

Zoe Aldcroft (Gloucester-Hartpury, 43 caps)
Maisy Allen (Exeter Chiefs, uncapped)
Lark Atkin-Davies (Bristol Bears, 49 caps)
Sarah Beckett (Gloucester-Hartpury, 30 caps) 
Sarah Bern (Bristol Bears, 57 caps) 
Hannah Botterman (Bristol Bears, 37 caps) 
Delaney Burns (Bristol Bears, 3 caps)
Mackenzie Carson (Gloucester-Hartpury, 5 caps)
Grace Clifford (Loughborough Lightning, uncapped)
Kelsey Clifford (Saracens, 2 caps)
Amy Cokayne (Leicester Tigers, 72 caps)
Rosie Galligan (Saracens, 9 caps)
Daisy Hibbert-Jones (Loughborough Lightning, uncapped)
Lilli Ives Campion (Loughborough Lightning, uncapped)
Sadia Kabeya (Loughborough Lightning, 13 caps)

Alex Matthews (Gloucester-Hartpury, 59 caps)
Maud Muir (Gloucester-Hartpury, 20 caps)
Cath O’Donnell (Loughborough Lightning, 27 caps)
Marlie Packer (Saracens, 94 caps) 
Connie Powell (Harlequins, 9 caps)
Morwenna Talling (Sale Sharks, 7 caps)

Holly Aitchison (Bristol Bears, 20 caps)
Sophie Bridger (Saracens, uncapped)
Jess Breach (Saracens, 28 caps) 
Merryn Doidge (Exeter Chiefs, uncapped)
Abby Dow (Trailfinders, 35 caps) 
Lizzie Duffy (Sale Sharks, uncapped)
Tatyana Heard (Gloucester-Hartpury, 14 caps) 
Mo Hunt (Gloucester-Hartpury, 62 caps)
Megan Jones (Leicester Tigers, 12 caps) 
Ellie Kildunne (Harlequins, 34 caps) 
Claudia MacDonald (Exeter Chiefs, 28 caps)
Lucy Packer (Harlequins, 14 caps)
Amber Reed (Bristol Bears, 65 caps)
Flo Robinson (Harlequins, uncapped)
Helena Rowland (Loughborough Lightning, 24 caps)
Emma Sing (Gloucester-Hartpury, 5 caps)
Ella Wyrwas (Saracens, 3 caps)

Rehabbing with club: Katie Buchanan (Exeter Chiefs), Poppy Cleall (Saracens), Vickii Cornborough (Harlequins, maternity leave), Zoe Harrison (Saracens), Nancy McGillivary (Exeter Chiefs), Emily Scarratt (Loughborough Lightning), Abbie Ward (Bristol Bears)

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