Three Worcester Valkyries players have been included in the England Women’s squad for the Old Mutual Wealth Series against France, New Zealand and Canada with an away fixture against Ireland in November.
Rochelle Clark and Laura Keates have been named in the forwards with Lydia Thompson among the backs.
Clark is set to become England’s most capped international during the autumn series. She currently has 113 caps, one fewer than Jason Leonard. Clark The sits two Tests behind the world’s most capped woman player, a record held by former Scotland international Donna Kennedy.
England Women Head Coach Simon Middleton said: “This season is all about building towards the Women’s Rugby World Cup in Ireland next August. In the Old Mutual Wealth Series, we have the opportunity to take on the best sides in the world.
“We have a first-class squad of players and have a number of options and combinations to choose from.
“The arrival of professional contracts for 15-a-side players means that when the players come into camp next week, we will remain together as a squad for the duration of the Old Mutual Wealth Series. While we are under no illusion as to the challenge we face, these four tests will provide an integral part of our World Cup preparation ahead of next year.”
The Red Roses will get underway against France at The Stoop on Wednesday 9 November (KO 7.45pm, live on Sky Sports).
The two sides have met twice already this year with one win apiece. England most recently exacting revenge during the Summer Series in Salt Lake City 17-13 following France’s 17-12 title-winning victory during the Six Nations.
The side will then travel to Dublin to face Ireland at Dublin University College on Sunday 13 November (KO 2pm), having last met at Twickenham Stadium during the Six Nations where the Red Roses enjoyed a 13-9 victory.
They next play New Zealand at Twickenham Stoop on Saturday 19 November with kick off at 12pm ahead of England v Fiji, before finally taking on Canada following the conclusion of England v Argentina at Twickenham Stadium, KO 5.05pm.
Zoe Aldcroft (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks)
Sarah Bern (Bristol)
Emily Braund (Lichfield)
Rochelle Clark (Worcester Valkyries)
Poppy Cleall (Bristol)
Amy Cokayne (Lichfield)
Vickii Cornborough (Aylesford Bulls)
Emma Croker (Richmond)
Vicky Fleetwood (Saracens)
Sarah Hunter (Bristol)
Justine Lucas (Lichfield)
Alex Matthews (Richmond)
Harriet Millar-Mills (Lichfield)
Izzy Noel-Smith (Bristol)
Marlie Packer (Bristol)
Laura Keates (Worcester Valkyries)
Tamara Taylor (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks)
Claire Allan (Saracens)
Rachael Burford (n/a)
Natasha Hunt (Lichfield)
Megan Jones (Bristol)
La Toya Mason (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks)
Katy Mclean (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks)
Sarah McKenna (Saracens)
Fiona Pocock (Aylesford Bulls)
Amber Reed (Bristol)
Emily Scarratt (Lichfield)
Emily Scott (Saracens)
Lydia Thompson (Worcester Valkyries)
Danielle Waterman (Bristol)
Kay Wilson (Richmond)
Amy Wilson Hardy (Bristo