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England World Cup preparations head Down Under

England is sending Men’s Open and Women’s Open teams to Australia this week to test themselves against some of the world’s top Touch teams at the 2018 New South Wales State Cup.

Both teams have been included in the top seeded groups of their respective divisions along with outfits from across New South Wales, one of the biggest hotbeds of the sport.

The Men’s Open A competition has been pooled into two groups of seven teams, with England facing Penrith Panthers and Wests Magpies on Friday, December 7th, and Canterbury Bulldogs, Ryde Eastwood Hawks, Wollongong Devils and Bankstown Sports on Saturday, December 8th, before the tournament reaches its knockout stages on Sunday, December 9th.

The Women’s Open A competition has one pool of 10 teams, with England facing Manly Sea Eagles, Central Coast Dolphins, Easts Roosters and Wests Magpies on Friday, December 7th, and Penrith Panthers, Canterbury Bulldogs, Newcastle City Knights and Hills Hornets on Saturday, December 8th, with a final round-robin match against Wollongong Devils on Sunday, December 9th before the competition reaches its knockout stages.

In all 233 teams are heading to Port Macquarie across 15 categories, with the site including 25 fields.

TEAMS

England Men’s Open

Angus Gough (Hot Custard), Tom Hall (CSSC), Clark Hobson (Bareback Riders), Max Howard (Canterbury), Josh Ingram (Wigan Touch Warriors), Sam Jones (Thames Valley Vikings), Jordan Melling (Wigan Touch Warriors), Vaughn Meredith (Canterbury), Miles Partridge (Galaxy London), Gabe Pennington (Wigan Touch Warriors), Shane Scott (Galaxy London), Will Serocold (London Scorpions), Dom Tripp (London Scorpions), Jon Weston-Stanley (Thames Valley Vikings)

Coaches

Tim Osborne (Head Coach), Jeff Bimson (Defence Coach), Martin Wright (Attack Coach), Alex Scott (Team Manager)

England Men’s Open’s State Cup trip is sponsored by RS Components.

England Women’s Open

Emily Clews (Galaxy London), Rosamund Cormack (Cambridge), Leah Cuthbertson (Hot Custard), Kate Davis-Bavin (Nottingham), Adeline Drut (Galaxy London), Danni Gregory (Canterbury), Susannah Hudson (London Scorpions), Rosie Kells (Bristol Fijians), Jen Lee (Galaxy London), Sofia Luxton (Thames Valley Vikings), Caroline Pillman (Hot Custard), Bronte Sykes (London Scorpions), Julia Unsworth (Galaxy London), Catherine Walker (Galaxy London)

Coaches

Simon Clare (Head Coach), Jon Lovell (Assistant Coach)

We are England Touch

We are the players. We are the supporters, willing us on. We are the medals, waiting to be won. We are the touchdowns, waiting to be scored. We are the men and women of all ages. We are the talent of today. We are the potential for tomorrow. We are one team. We are England Touch