Red Roses name team to face France

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England Women head coach Simon Middleton has named his starting 15 ahead of the Red Roses' Six Nations Test against France on Saturday 10 March (K.O. 20:00 GMT, live Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Mix).

Middleton makes five changes to the side that defeated Scotland 43-8 at the Scotstoun in Glasgow.

Captain Sarah Hunter (Loughborough Lightning) and Rachael Burford (Harlequins Ladies) both return to the starting line up from injury at No 8 and outside centre respectively.

Amber Reed (Bristol Ladies) comes in at inside centre with Abigail Dow (Wasps FC Ladies), who has seven tries in four internationals, coming onto the wing and Marlie Packer (Saracens Women) will start at openside flanker.

World Cup finalists Rochelle Clark (Wasps FC), Justine Lucas (Wasps FC) and Izzy Noel- Smith (Bristol Ladies) are named on the bench alongside Lark Davies (Worcester Valkyries), Caity Mattinson (Bristol Ladies) and Rowena Burnfield (Richmond FC). Lagi Tuima (Bristol Ladies) and Charlotte Pearce (Loughborough Lightning) - who both scored tries against Scotland - are also named as finishers.

“France are a dangerous side, they are physical and well organised in both attack and defence," said Middleton.

“The squad have worked hard this week, prepared really well and we are ready and excited to take on France, in what we know will be a really tough Test game at the Stade des Alps on Saturday night.”

The Red Roses last faced France in the semi-final of the Women’s Rugby World Cup, securing a 20-3 win at the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast.

Both England and France have three bonus-point wins so far in the competition with the Red Roses sitting top of the table with their superior points difference.

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

15. Ellie Kildunne (Gloucester-Hartpury, 6 caps), 14. Abigail Dow (Wasps FC Ladies, 4 caps), 13. Rachael Burford (Harlequins Ladies, 77 caps), 12. Amber Reed (Bristol Ladies,  47 caps), 11. Danielle Waterman (Wasps FC Ladies, 80 caps), 10. Katy Daley-Mclean (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks, 97 caps), 9. Leanne Riley (Harlequins Ladies, 19 caps), 1. Vickii Cornborough (Harlequins Ladies, 37 caps), 2. Amy Cokayne (Wasps FC Ladies, 39 caps), 3. Sarah Bern (Gloucester Hartpury, 18 caps), 4. Abbie Scott (Harlequins Ladies, 27 caps), 5. Tamara Taylor (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks, 114 caps), 6. Poppy Cleall (Saracens Women, 20 caps), 7. Marlie Packer (Saracens Women, 57 caps), 8. Sarah Hunter (Loughborough Lightning, 103 caps).

16. Lark Davies (Worcester Valkyries, 9 caps), 17. Rochelle Clark (Wasps FC Ladies, 135 caps), 18. Justine Lucas (Wasps FC Ladies, 31 caps), 19. Rowena Burnfield (Richmond F.C, 45 caps), 20. Izzy Noel-Smith (Bristol Ladies, 41 caps), 21. Caity Mattinson (Bristol Ladies, 6 caps), 22. Lagi Tuima (Bristol Ladies, 4 caps), 23. Charlotte Pearce (Loughborough Lightning, 3 caps).

England Women 2018 Six Nations fixtures:

Italy 7-42 England

England 52-0 Wales

Scotland 8-43 England

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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