News from The Kings of Wessex Academy

Jessica stars in England U20 Rugby Squad

5th August, 2018 by Jude Owens

17-year old Jessica Cooksey continues to make her old school The Kings of Wessex Academy proud with her continued success in her chosen sport of rugby when she was named part of the England U20 squad to tour Canada this summer. A student now at Hartpury College, Jessica has balanced a very busy year of study and rugby, culminating in selection for the 26 Women squad to play three tests in Nova Scotia in August.

Commenting on the selection, Head Coach Jo Yapp said:

“This tour to Canada is a fantastic opportunity for us. It allows us to build on the time we’ve already had together this season as a squad and continue developing the players that are coming through the women’s pathway. Getting to play three away matches, including against Canada in Canada will be a tough challenge, but also an exciting opportunity for this group of players. We can’t wait to get out there and know this tour, like any international one, will offer a great learning experience for the squad.”

England U20 side will be playing Canada Women twice and USA Women once in the upcoming tour at local venues Acadia University (Wolfville) and Wanderers Grounds (Halifax).

This has been an exceptionally successful year for Jessica who has played in America at the International Las Vegas 7s tournament for the invitational Atlantis Team, played for GB in the European 7s championships in France, for an England Development 15 against Wales at the Principality Stadium; as well as played for England U18 7s in a Home Nations competition in Edinburgh and Birmingham this summer.

Jessica has been playing rugby for over five years both in school and for her local club Winscombe.

England Women U20 Fixtures: Friday 10 August 2018 – Canada Women U20 v England Women U20, Acadia University (Wolfville), KO 10.30pm BST Tuesday 14 August 2018 – USA Women U20 v England Women U20, Acadia University (Wolfville), KO 10.30pm BST Saturday 18 August 2018 – Canada U20 v England Women U20