Middleton targets clinical Red Roses

Red Roses head coach Simon Middleton wants England to sign off their Old Mutual Wealth Series against Canada with a complete performance.

England have beaten Canada twice already to clinch the series, but face the Canadians at Twickenham Stadium on Saturday looking to make it a whitewash. 

“We set our stall out to win the series and ideally 3-0 we said, so first and foremost that's the thing that we want to complete," said Middleton.

"We did some really good things in both games. In the last game I thought our defence was outstanding, it was really aggressive and at a level we were working towards.

“In little bits of attack we were just a little bit loose on some of the last pieces of it, there was some really good approach work and maybe lacked maybe the finishing touches.

"So we’ve talked about polishing our performance a little bit and just get some of the detail right at the end, so we just put a more complete performance together."

Pivotal positions

There have been some impressive performances throughout the team so far this series, but the half back combination of Leanne Riley and Katy Daley-Mclean has really impressed Middleton. "She’s playing the best rugby of her career."

“Off the back of a World Cup you have a lot of conversations with your senior players in terms of where are they, where do they want to go next and Katy just wants to play, she always wants to play," he added.

"She’s a real old school type rugby player but she’s playing the best rugby of her career at this moment in time. She understands the game better than she ever has and they’re her words not mine.

“I said to Leanne at the start of the series that I wanted to see her league form translated into international form - consistency, going out and playing way above the levels that she’s played in previous years, which she has done.

“Your half backs are pivotal to how you perform obviously and those two have been great for us, to be able to keep the consistency there has been a real bonus."

Fortress Twickenham 

The game at Twickenham Stadium will be the first time the Red Roses have played at the home of England Rugby since the Six Nations match against France in February.

“It’s the one place where all of the players want to play and I understand the disappointment of the players who aren’t making it whether it’s the senior players or the players who’ve just come in," he added.

“Ultimately if they stick to their task then they’ll get their chance at Twickenham and if they do it’s something to be treasured and that’s what the girls who run out on Saturday will be doing.

“We’re not thinking we’re 2-0 up and it’s a dead rubber, there is everything to play for in this game, there’s lots of statements to be made and more than anything it’s how England want to play on their own patch so we can’t wait.”