- Natasha Brennan brought into Gary Street's squad
- Lydia Thompson withdraws through injury after two tries against Samoa
England have called up Richmond wing Natasha Brennan to their 26-player Women's Rugby World Cup squad after Lydia Thompson was forced to withdraw from the tournament with a groin injury.
Worcester flyer Thompson, who scored two tries in her Women's Rugby World Cup debut against Samoa last week, pulled up in the warm-up ahead of England's second match against Spain on Tuesday.
England Head Coach Gary Street said: "This is really unfortunate news for Lydia. She has worked extremely hard to get into this squad and she has come into form at just the right time, scoring two tries on her tournament debut.
"It is extremely disappointing for her and us but at the same time it is fantastic to be able to call up a player of Natasha's calibre.
"She has been part of our World Cup training squad and she missed out by the narrowest of margins when it came to final selection. We are really excited by what Natasha can bring after a fantastic Sevens Series last season, where she finished as England's top try scorer."
Brennan joins the England squad with two caps under her belt in the 15s format, having made a try-scoring debut against Wales in this year's Six Nations. The 27-year-old also dotted down 16 times in 12 games on the Sevens World Series circuit this season.