Wales squad named for Italy tests

Sarah Jones in action for Wales

Wales Women’s Head Coach Kevin Johnson has named his squad for their first international fixture of the summer. The eighteen-strong contingent travels to San Vito Romano later this month to face Italy away in a three match test series taking place from 23-26 June.

The selection puts both Sarah Jones and Hockey Wales International Ambassador Jo Westwood in line to receive their 50th Welsh caps during the series, while Sarah-Jane (SJ) Thorburn of Swansea City Spartans and Hannah Cozens of Loughborough University are set to receive their first caps.

This will also be the first international for Wales Women since Johnson - also head coach of ladies England Hockey League Premiership side Holcombe Ladies - came into place as head coach:

“The forthcoming away series against Italy has come at a good time for us as we look ahead to a busy summer period”, said Johnson, who has previously worked with GB and England Hockey.

“The group has completed a positive block of training where we have underpinned a number of core principles to our game and we now look forward to testing these against a higher world ranked opposition.”

The series against Italy marks the start of the Women’s international season, which is also set to include two exciting home international test series that will take place at the National Hockey Centre in Sophia Gardens in Cardiff, details of which are to be released shortly.

Johnson added, “It is an opportunity for our players to showcase the gains they have already made whilst also allowing us a further insight into areas we must continue to build upon.”

Facing competition from top European side such as Italy will be important preparation for the women ahead of FIH World League. Round 1 of the tournament, in which Wales will come up against world-class opposition, will take place in Douai, France in September.

Wales Women Squad, San Vito Romano 2016

Abi Welsford (Captain), Swansea City Spartans
Beth Bingham, Loughborough University
Danni Jordan, Clifton HC
Ella Jackson (GK), University of Exeter
Hannah Cozens, Loughborough University
Joanne Westwood, Swansea City Spartans
Julie Whiting, FC Lyon
Leah Wilkinson (Vice Captain), Holcombe HC
Lisa Daley, Swansea City Spartans
Natasha Marke-Jones, Swansea City Spartans
Phoebe Richards, Buckingham HC
Roseanne Thomas (GK), Wimbledon HC
Sarah Jones, Holcombe HC
Sarah-Jane Thorburn, Swansea City Spartans
Sian French, Bowdon Hightown HC
Sophie Clayton, Swansea City Spartans
Tina Evans, University of Birmingham
Xenna Hughes, University of Birmingham

Match Schedule

18:00 Thursday 23 June

18.00 Saturday 25 June

11.00 Sunday 26 June

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