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Harper and Keates called up as England continue World Cup preparations

Harper and Keates called up as England continue World Cup preparations

Props Detysha Harper and Laura Keates have been called up to England’s pre-season training squad.

Loughborough Lightning forward Harper has represented England on five previous occasions, including at the 2020 and 2021 TikTok Women’s Six Nations.

Meanwhile, Keates has over 50 caps to her name and was part of the Red Roses side that won the World Cup in 2014.

After three mini-training camps held at the University of Bath in July, England will continue their World Cup preparations throughout August with camps at Pennyhill Park.

Head coach Simon Middleton said: “We had a good few weeks in Bath where fitness and conditioning work along with skill development was a real focus as well as wider team building.

“Detysha joined us mid-way through our camps in Bath and will remain with the group for this next block. We’re also really pleased to bring Laura Keates back in.

“She is a world-class tight-head prop with vast experience and will add a huge amount of quality to our front row.

“This next period is essential in our preparations as we aim to become match ready and prepare for games against the USA and Wales in just over a month’s time.”

England will continue to fine-tune their World Cup preparations with September internationals against the USA and Wales respectively.

A month later the Red Roses will play their World Cup opener against Fiji at Eden Park in Auckland, which will be followed by games against France and South Africa in Pool C.

England, who are ranked number one in the world and unbeaten in their past 23 Test matches, are in a strong position to win this year’s World Cup.

The Red Roses, whose squad boasts World Rugby Women’s 15s Player of the Year Zoe Aldcroft, have seen record crowds in the games leading up to New Zealand including in their two home Women’s Six Nations games earlier this year.