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Monday, August 01, 2011

Nations Cup: And now its the grown ups turn

Just over a week after the end of the U20 Nations Cup in California, the senior tournament kicks off tomorrow in Ontario.

The same four nations - Canada, USA, England and South Africa - will be taking part, and (short of surprise results of earth-shattering dimensions) we will see the same result with England winning. England have never lost a game, though USA finished within three points in 2008. The only matter of debate will be who they will beat in the final. Canada were runners up in 2008, USA in 2009, but with the Canadian camp hit by the pay-to-play protests any home advantage will probably be lost, givin1g us an England v USA final.

Three years out from the next World Cup it is a time for rebuilding for everyone, with around a third of players new to international rugby (except England, where most will have played at the Six Nations or European Championship) - facts that make the teams even more unpredictable, and England's win all the more certain.

Unfortunately it seems that there will be no live video of games this time - which is a pity - but YSC will be giving a running commentary by Twitter. England's team for their opening game is:

15 Danielle Waterman (Worcester)
14 Francesca Matthews (Richmond)
13 Emily Scarratt (Lichfield)
12 Alice Richardson (Richmond)
11 Kay Wilson (Richmond)
10 Katy McLean (Darlington Mowden Park) (C)
9 La Toya Mason (Wasps)
1 Rochelle Clark (Worcester)
2 Victoria Fleetwood (Lichfield)
3 Laura Keates (Worcester)
4 Rebecca Essex(Richmond)
5 Tamara Taylor(Darlington Mowden Park)
6 Joanna McGilchrist (Wasps)
7 Margaret Alphonsi (Saracens) VC
8 SarahHunter (Lichfield)

16 Amy Garnett (Saracens)
17 Sophie Hemming (Bristol)
18 Rowena Burnfield (Richmond)
19 Jennifer Brightmore (Worcester)
20 Natasha Hunt (Lichfield)
21 SarahMcKenna (Old Albanians)
22 ClaireAllan (Richmond)

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