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England U20s Hollie Cunningham scoring for University of Exeter Women's 1st team in the BUCS Semi Final

Exeter Women’s Rugby players and staff head to Canada for England U20 duty

Current students and University of Exeter coaching and support staff fly to Canada for England Women’s U20s tour in August.

Having already represented the Red Roses in the 6 Nations 1st year BSc Exercise and Sport Sciences student Lagi Tuima makes a return to the England U20 squad to gain valuable international tour experience. Also selected in the squad is current 1st year BSc Exercise and Sport Sciences student Hollie Cunningham and Lillian Stoeger-Goddard who is joining University of Exeter in September to study Exercise and Sport Sciences. 2017-2018 University of Exeter TASS athlete Brooke Bradley makes a well-deserved return from injury to complete the Exeter players quartet. All four players also played their club rugby for Bristol Ladies in the Tyrell’s Premiership 15s in the 2017-2018 season. On the coaching side University of Exeter Head of Women’s Rugby Jo Yapp leads the 26 player squad as head coach, with University of Exeter Strength and Conditioning coach (S&C) Wayne Pattinson supporting the team with S&C.

England Women’s U20s squad head out to Canada on tour to play their part in a 3 match test series against USA and Canada U20s. Matches will be played at Acadia University and Wanderers grounds on Friday 10th August (vs Canada U20s), Tuesday 14th August (vs USA U20s) and Saturday 18th August (vs Canada U20s).

Jo Yapp, University of Exeter Head of Women’s Rugby and England U20s head coach commented “I am really looking forward to taking this young and exciting group of players on tour. Being on tour and playing three test matches is such a great opportunity for young players. There are so many great learning experiences to be had which will put them in a really good position for when they make that step up into senior rugby”.

University of Exeter and England U20 S&C coach Wayne Pattinson added “The tour represents an exciting opportunity for all players involved, to demonstrate their continued development. Travelling to Canada will be a great test of the players physical attributes, adjusting to time zones and training /playing in new environments. The squad have been working hard during the off-season, this period of time has been vital to ensure they are fully prepared physically and mentally for the demands that will be placed on them during a tough three test series against Canada and the USA.”

Rugby Union is one of University of Exeter performance sports and as such performance athletes have access to exceptional facilities and coaching, a comprehensive support services package and Sports Scholarship Scheme. University of Exeter Rugby Union has consistently been ranked as the number one institution for Rugby in the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) rankings. The Women’s 1st team won the 2017-2018 BUCS Championship at Twickenham with the men’s 1st team taking the BUCS Super Rugby title.

To see the Exeter girls in action throughout their three match series in Canada catch all the games on the livestream via www.rugby.ca . Best of luck from all of us at University of Exeter Sport!

Date: 24 July 2018

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