AN INTERNATIONAL rugby player who was schooled in the county is set to showcase her skills against the world's best live on television.

Lark Davies, who attended Wigmore High School, has been selected as part of the England squad to compete in the Women’s Rugby Super Series in San Diego later this month.

England face New Zealand, Canada, USA and France in the round-robin tournament with all their matches shown on Sky Sports.

Their first game comes against hosts USA on (June 28 8.30pm).

"The top five teams in the world will be there so it will be a really challenging tournament," said Davies.

"A lot of the teams out there will really challenge us and help us move to the next level, so we are really excited.

In preparation for the tournament Davies scored a hat-trick of tries at Twickenham as England beat the Barbarians 40-14 in front of a crowd of 17,902.

"The occasion was really amazing and it was my first game against the Barbarians so I really enjoyed it," added Davies.

"I was voted player of the match but it was a credit to our forward pack."

Davies started playing rugby while at Orleton Primary School before being selected to play for Worcester and rising through their age groups.

The 24-year-old has a professional contract with England and plays her club rugby for Worcester Valkyries.

Davies, who has 19 England caps, was also part of the team that won the Six Nations Grand Slam this spring.

The last time the Women’s Rugby Super Series was held in 2017, England beat New Zealand 29-21 to complete a clean sweep of wins and take the title.

England Women’s head coach Simon Middleton says the tournament will be a good test for his young side.

“I’ve been really pleased with how this new generation of Red Roses has been developing since January," said Middleton.

“We’ve been looking to continually improve our performance every time we take to the pitch, be that in training or a match, and we want to build on that as we complete our final preparations for San Diego.

“The Super Series promises to be a superb competition and a great challenge against high-quality opposition. It will provide us with the perfect platform to see exactly where we are as a squad and just as crucially how far we still have to go in order to reach the levels we aspire to.

“We’re going to find out a lot about this group of players. It will be an important experience for them and there will be a real test of character and resilience with some four-day turnarounds. The level at which we can repeat perform under pressure will ultimately tell us where we are as a group at this point.

“I think fans can expect some cracking games to really showcase women’s rugby and what we’re capable of as an international competition. We’ve been given a platform; now we want to do that justice and be part of a really ground-breaking tournament.”