Two Quins named in England Women U18 squad

Wednesday, 12th January 2022 @ 13:00

England Women U18's squad for 2022 includes two Quins

Harlequins Women are proud to announce that two of the Clubs Centre of Excellence players have been included in England Women’s U18 squad.

Grace Clifford [Forward] and Katie Shillaker [Back] have been selected as part of a 34-player squad which will be used throughout 2022. 

Pre-Christmas, a wider U18s group took part in regional camps to provide longitudinal development opportunities before heading towards international games. In their final camp of 2021, the U18s played a North v South match to help with final selections into this U18s squad. 

The group will now prepare for forthcoming matches in February and April with training camps in January and March.

On naming the squad, Head Coach James Cooper said: “It was extremely tough to narrow down and select the group after the quality of potential and performances shown by players both in camps and the game in December with some good players narrowly missing out. This is testament to the great work being done at clubs and colleges, constituent bodies and centre of excellences.

“We have gone with the 34 selected players as we believe they give us a good balance across positions.

“This also gives the players the opportunity to challenge for selection into the playing squads for the exciting games coming up in February and April which will be invaluable for their development and learning, and currently show the potential to progress up the international pathway for U20 and future Elite Player Squad (EPS) honours.

“We’re always identifying talent by regularly visiting the centres of excellence and February and March sees the centre of excellence festivals take place, which is another chance to look at potential players who could be selected in future England pathway squads.”