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England, who have won the last seven RBS 6 Nations championships, have named 12 new faces and hot off the heels of their success against world champions New Zealand Street believes youth is the way forward.
England finished 2011 by winning two and drawing one of their three Tests against New Zealand and with the likes of Emily Braund, Rosemarie Crowley, Emma Croker and Alexandra Matthews all included in the latest squad Street is expecting that same exuberance to carry them through.
He said: “We have a number of players new to the EPS this season and the England coaching team have a lot of confidence in these players as all of them have had some international experience, in either XVs or Sevens this term.
“These players have been knocking on the door of the EPS so this is a natural progression for them. With these players having international experience under their belts already it puts the England set-up in a very strong position.
“Overall, this is a very fresh and exciting squad, and having the likes of Lauren Cattell and Alex Matthews included, who are just 18 and 19 respectively, underlines the quality and strength we have got for the forthcoming season but also for the future of England Rugby.”
As well as the XVs programme, Street will also be overseeing the Sevens in the inaugural IRB Women’s World Sevens Series and then the Rugby World Cup Sevens in Russia in June.
Street added: “The 2012/2013 season will unquestionably be one of the most demanding seasons ever. We have very comprehensive XVs and Sevens programmes in place as we build towards the World Cup in 2014 in France and also with the Sevens World Cup in 2013.”