Wood you believe it, rugby star Lucie gets Nations Cup call

PUBLISHED: 09:00 07 June 2013

Lucie Wood in action for England under-20s against France in February

Lucie Wood in action for England under-20s against France in February

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Former Wanstead High School pupil gets England rugby call-up

Former Eton Manor rugby star Lucie Wood has revealed her delight at being selected to play for England under-20s in the upcoming Nations Cup competition.

Taking place at Trent College Nottingham in July the tournament will pit Wood and her England team-mates against South Africa, Canada and the USA.

Wood made her debut for the team earlier in the year in a home and away series against France and is happy her performances have kept her in the squad.

She said:“It’s definitely great to be re-selected for the upcoming fixtures, especially after putting in all the hard work that it requires.”

Although England lost those games to France, it doesn’t seem to have dampened Wood’s spirits.

She added: “I absolutely loved it. Just going out there and giving it everything, proud to be wearing the jersey.”

Now playing her rugby in the south-west for Worcester in the women’s RFU Premier and her university team at Gloucester, Wood has been focused on preparing and is enjoying being part of the set-up.

“I’m hoping that we can go out there and win but I also want to see the how well all the training and hard work that the squad have done pays off,” she said.

“We’ve been doing lots of training to get ready for this. There’s been a lot of conditioning and weight work. The girls come from all over the country so it’s hard for us to get together but when we do it’s been good.”

The former Wanstead High School pupil thinks that the competition will be stiff, but believes she and the team are more than up for the challenge.

Wood added: “I’ve never played against any of the teams in the upcoming fixtures but some of the girls were talking about how they played against them last year.

“They said that they were very tough and that it was a different kind of game. I think we’ve got what it takes though, we’ll take it to them.”

England’s fixtures for the tournament will begin against South Africa on July 11, then Canada three days later and the USA on July 17.

The finals and third place play-off are scheduled for July 21.

n Wood was named in the England under-20 squad for the duration of the 2013/14 season this week.

One of nine players retained by head coach Amanda Bennett in a 24-strong squad, Wood and her teammates will face the French home and away again.

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