Cumbrians Catherine O’Donnell and Abbie Scott have both been selected in England women’s 36-player squad.

The squad, which has been named by head coach Simon Middleton, will convene at Loughborough University today for a four-day training camp.

They will be beginning their preparations ahead of the three-Test Quilter Internationals which will take place next month.

Harlequins Ladies player Scott, from Keswick, is picked alongside Maryport’s O’Donnell, of Loughborough Lightning.

Gloucester-Hartpury lock Zoe Aldcroft is named in the training squad for the first time in a year, having last played for England in the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup.

The uncapped trio of Wasps Ladies scrum-half Claudia Macdonald, and centres Carys Williams (Loughborough Lightning) and Tatyana Heard (Gloucester-Hartpury) are also included.

Five players from England Under-20s’ successful three-game tour in Canada this summer have also been called into camp in the form of Bristol Bears centre Lucy Attwood, Harlequins Ladies fly-half Ellie Green, Saracens prop Ellena Perry, Gloucester-Hartpury hooker Connie Powell and Firwood Waterloo No.8 Sarah Beckett.

Middleton told England Rugby’s website: "The training camp in Loughborough is our first opportunity to get the squad together this season.

"With the Quilter Internationals fast approaching, we will be looking to lay down expectations and introduce Richard Blaze as forwards coach to the squad as a whole.

"This is a really exciting time for the team and I will be looking for players to lay down markers and stake their claim for selection in the Quilter Internationals.

"We are continuing to evolve and grow, and I look forward to getting out on the pitch and training under way."

Ahead of the Quilter Internationals in November, an England squad will be named on October 18 before the first Test against USA at Allianz Park on Friday, November 9.

The Red Roses then travel to Doncaster at Castle Park on November 18 to play Canada before heading to Twickenham Stadium where they play Ireland on Saturday, November 24, following the conclusion of the men’s game.