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England junior international squads announced

Bowls England has announced its team for the combined Junior Home Nations event which will take place at Belmont BC in Belfast, over the weekend of 17/18 September.

This year England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales will each field a team consisting of 12 men and 12 women to participate in a six-rink international series.

Following the loss of two seasons of international play due to COVID-19, the age limit for both genders to be eligible for selection was set at 27 and under on 1st April 2022.

England’s selectors have decided to go for a mixture of youth and experience as part of our wider commitment to the development of a performance pathway for its younger players.

Selected Team – Women
Emma Cooper (Kings BC, Devon)
Jasmine Wilson (Radwinter BC, Essex)
Morgan Merryweather (Island Bohemian BC, Berkshire)
Harriet Stevens (Kings BC, Devon) – Captain, pictured

Ruby Hill (Royal Mail Cart BC, Lincolnshire)
Chloe Brett (Parkway BC, Huntingdonshire)
Nicole Rogers (Kings BC, Devon)
Katherine Rednall (Norfolk BC, Norfolk)

Devon Cooper (Royston BC, Hertfordshire)
Imogen Jenner (Appleyard BC, Kent)
Emily Ferguson (Appleyard BC, Kent)
Rachel Tremlett (Royston BC, Hertfordshire)

Travelling squad member: Izzie White (Chester Road BC, Worcestershire)
Non-travelling squad members: Kat Bowman (Birstall BC, Leicestershire); Paige Dennis (Appleyard BC, Kent)

Selected Team – Men
Kieran Kniveton (Topsham BC, Devon)
Tom Holmes (Ross-on-Wye BC, Herefordshire)
Alasdair Williams (Porthleven BC, Cornwall)
Harry Goodwin (Appleyard BC, Kent)

Dan Mills (County Arts BC, Norfolk)
Anthony Booth-Young (Heaton Hall BC, Lancashire)
Adam Pitfield (Thrapston BC, Northamptonshire)
Jordan Philpott (Royal Mail Cart BC, Lincolnshire)

Mark Smith (Avenue BC, Warwickshire)
Adam Barker (St Neots BC, Cambridgeshire)
Ben Coldrick (Cheltenham BC, Gloucestershire)
Tom McGuinness (Gerrards Cross BC, Buckinghamshire) – Captain

Travelling squad member: Harvey Griffiths (St Dunstans BC, Worcestershire)
Non-travelling squad members: Ryan Lowe (Kingscroft BC, Leicestershire); Ben Bywater (Long Eaton Town BC, Derbyshire)

Nicola Bowe, women’s junior team manager, said: “We have a tremendous record in the women’s junior series and our selected team rewards those who have served us so well in the past, together with providing opportunities for some of our younger players to continue to benefit from their experience.”

Stuart Thomas, men’s junior team manager, added: “We opted with the men’s side to select a team of players that were all under 25 on 1st April 2022, so not utilising the extended age limit. There are 15 counties represented within the men’s squad and this team gives us a fantastic blend of existing junior internationals and new caps that will benefit from a first taste of international experience. I’m confident this group of players will perform well in Belfast.”

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