Lacey and Booth added to England Women’s EPS squad

Shannon Lacey and Charlotte Booth

​Coach Craig Richards has strengthened his England Women’s Performance Squad with the addition of three Super League players whose form has caught the eye this season.

Leeds Rhinos’ Charlotte Booth and Shannon Lacey, and Vicky Molyneux of Wigan Warriors, were part of an extended 34-player squad that came together in Leeds last Saturday (13 July).

The Leeds duo have been in impressive form during the Rhinos’ charge to the Coral Women’s Challenge Cup Final, which takes place at the University of Bolton Stadium on Saturday 27 July. 19-year old Lacey, a try scorer in the semi-final win at St Helens, is included in the squad for the first time, while the nine -times capped Booth is delighted to be recalled – this time as a forward having previously played at full back and won the wing.

Charlotte Booth said: “I’ve had a little bit of time away from the set up and concentrated on club rugby at Leeds, but it was really exciting to be back out there with the England girls. It seems like there’s a really good atmosphere on the back of the 2017 World Cup, there’s a real good vibe to the camp and I’m looking forward to building on that.”

“The change in position is a new challenge, but one I look forward to. I’ve been playing second row at club, previously I played at full-back and a little bit on the wing but I’m just excited to get involved in the thick of it. Playing in the forwards it probably gives me a chance to do the things I like, which is powerful running and defensive efforts, so it gives me more leverage to do those things.”

Loose forward Shannon Lacey adds: “I’m really excited. Getting to be in the camp around girls who are more experienced than I am, and have been to a World Cup before, it means that I get to progress. I get to learn skills that I maybe wouldn’t learn at club level, get to progress within a slightly different environment and hopefully I can push on and really work towards the upcoming tours and the 2021 World Cup.”

The inclusion of Booth and Lacey in the squad takes the Leeds Rhinos’ contingent to six, while Vicky Molyneux is one of five Wigan Warriors in the squad. The Warriors forward was outstanding for Lancashire in the recent Women’s Origin Series. 

The squad will be trimmed down early next month ahead of an autumn international schedule which will see England Women join the England Wheelchair and reformed Great Britain squads in travelling to the southern hemisphere. Already confirmed is England Women’s participation in the Downer World Cup Nines in Sydney in October.

PHOTO: Charlotte Booth (right) and Shannon Lacey

2019 England Women’s National Performance Squad in full 

Dannielle Anderson (Leeds)

Savannah Andrade (Bradford)

Caitlin Beevers (Leeds)

Charlotte Booth (Leeds)

Leah Burke (St Helens)

Hanna Butcher (Leeds)

Chantelle Crowl (St Helens)

Jodie Cunningham  (St Helens)

Michelle Davis (Warrington)

Grace Field (Castleford)

Faye Gaskin (St Helens)

Kelsey Gentles (Castleford)

Rebecca Greenfield (Wigan)

Amy Hardcastle (Bradford)

Katie Hepworth (Featherstone)

Shona Hoyle (Castleford)

Ashleigh Hyde (York)

Amy Johnson (Leeds)

Leah Jones (Bradford) 

Tara Jones (St Helens)

Shanon Lacey (Leeds)

Rhiannon Marshall (Castleford)

Vicky Molyneaux (Wigan)

Sinead Peach (Castleford)

Tamzin Renouf (Castleford)

Georgia Roche (Castleford)

Emily Rudge (St Helens)

Daisy Sanderson (York)

Tara-Jane Stanley (Castleford)

Vanessa Temple (Wigan)

Rachel Thompson (Wigan)

Vicky Whitfield (St Helens)

Naomi Williams (St Helens)

Georgia Wilson (Wigan)