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England Women head coach Simon Middleton has named his matchday 23 ahead of the Red Roses' Six Nations Test against Wales at Twickenham Stoop on Saturday 10 February (KO 12:15pm, live Sky Sports Action and Sky Sports Mix).

Middleton has made two changes as Charlotte Pearce (Loughborough Lightning) will make her first start for England on the wing having earned her first international cap last weekend, while Amy Cokayne (Wasps FC Ladies) returns to the front row at hooker.

There are also two positional changes as Danielle Waterman (Wasps FC Ladies) moves to full back with Ellie Kildunne (Gloucester Hartpury) included at outside centre

Lagi Tuima (Bristol Ladies) is included on the bench alongside Lark Davies (Worcester Valkyries) and Rugby World Cup finalists Vickii Cornborough (Harlequins Ladies), Justine Lucas (Wasps FC Ladies) and Izzy Noel-Smith (Bristol Ladies). Zoe Harrison (Saracens Women), Caity Mattinson (Bristol Ladies) and Rowena Burnfield (Richmond FC) are also named as finishers. 

“We are expecting a physical encounter against Wales," said Middleton. "They play an aggressive brand of defence so there will be a lot of pressure on us when we have the ball.

“They also have a strong and well organised set piece, which we saw last week when they played Scotland, this will be a key area of the game. We have kept a good balance of consistency in selection in the forwards while still exploring different combinations out in the backs.”

Middleton added: “As a squad we are really looking forward to returning to the Stoop on Saturday and playing our first home game of the tournament.”

England secured a 63-0 win over Wales the last time they met in the 2017 Six Nations at Cardiff Arms Park.

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England Women match-day 23 v Wales, Six Nations 2018

15. Danielle Waterman (Wasps FC Ladies, 78 caps), 14. Abigail Dow (Wasps FC Ladies, 3 caps), 13. Ellie Kildunne (Gloucester- Hartpury Women, 4 caps), 12. Rachael Burford (Harlequins Ladies, 76 caps), 11. Charlotte Pearce (Loughborough Lightning, 1 cap), 10. Katy Daley-Mclean (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks, 95 caps), 9. Leanne Riley (Harlequins Ladies, 17 caps)

1. Rochelle Clark (Wasps FC Ladies, 133 caps), 2. Amy Cokayne ( Wasps FC Ladies, 37 caps), 3. Sarah Bern (Gloucester Hartpury, 16 caps), 4. Abbie Scott (Harlequins Ladies, 25 caps), 5. Tamara Taylor (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks, 112 caps), 6. Poppy Cleall (Saracens Women, 18 caps), 7. Marlie Packer (Saracens Women, 55 caps), 8. Sarah Hunter © (Loughborough Lightning, 102 caps)

16. Lark Davis (Worcester Valkyries, 8 caps), 17. Vicky Cornborough (Harlequins Ladies, 35 caps), 18. Justine Lucas (Wasps FC Ladies, 29 caps), 19. Rowena Burnfield (Richmond FC, 43 caps), 20. Izzy Noel-Smith (Bristol Ladies, 39 caps), 21. Caity Mattinson (Bristol Ladies, 4 caps), 22. Zoe Harrison (Saracens Women, 4 caps), 23. Lagi Tuima (Bristol Ladies, 2 caps)

England Women Six Nations 2018 fixtures:

Italy 7-42 England

England v Wales

Saturday 10 February, KO 12:30 GMT, Live Sky Sports Action and Sky Sports Mix

Twickenham Stoop - Tickets available here

Scotland v England

Friday 23 February, KO 19:30 GMT, Live Sky Sports Mix and Sky Sports Arena via red button

Scotstoun, Glasgow

France v England

Saturday 10 March, KO 20:00 GMT, Live Sky Sports Action and Sky Sports Mix

Stade des Alpes, Grenoble

England v Ireland

Friday 16 March, KO 17:30 GMT, Live Sky Sports Action and Sky Sports Mix

Ricoh Arena, Coventry - Tickets available here


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