- Ceri Large keeps her place at fly half
- Canada await as England eye clean-sweep
Gary Street has made seven changes to his starting line-up for the Pool A decider against Canada on Saturday (kick-off 2:45pm, live on Sky Sports 1).
Two-try backs from the opening round win over Samoa, Worcester’s Katherine Merchant and Lichfield’s Natasha Hunt, return on the wing and at scrum half respectively.
In the pack, the experienced heads of Rochelle Clark, Emma Croker, Tamara Taylor, Heather Fisher and Margaret Alphonsi all return to the starting line-up.
Fly half Ceri Large keeps the No.10 shirt in front of Katy Mclean after impressing against Spain.
Full back Danielle Waterman, centre Emily Scarratt and No.8 Sarah Hunter are the only players to start their third World Cup game on the bounce, with Hunter captaining the side.
“As I have said all along we will rotate our squad”
Street, whose side have so far recorded two bonus point wins against Samoa and Spain to top their pool, said: “As I have said all along we will rotate our squad and once again we have done that. It is exciting to have Katherine, Rachael and Natasha back in the backs while several of our forwards are chomping at the bit to get going again.
“Ceri will start at fly half for her second game and is set to win her 30th cap against a side she really impressed against in last summer’s Nations Cup. She also enjoyed a good game against Spain on Tuesday so she deserves this start. Having both Ceri and Katy in this position means we can rotate the squad which is what we need to do at a World Cup.”
England last played Canada in November 2013 at the Twickenham Stoop and won 32-3 but just 12 months ago they lost the Nations Cup to Canada on American soil.
Street added: “Playing Canada is another step up – the games are getting harder. Canada are a good side and have got two good wins themselves in this tournament.
“We last played them in November but both sides have improved since then. We have tried to expand our game and Canada have too and you can see that in their World Cup performances so far.
“I think it will be another massively exciting game for this tournament. Canada are hugely physical, quick, strong and powerful but we have got that too and we are ready to go. This is a challenge we are relishing.”
England Women’s team to face Canada
15 Danielle Waterman (Bristol)
14 Katherine Merchant (Worcester)
13 Emily Scarratt (Lichfield)
12 Rachael Burford (Thurrock)
11 Claire Allan (Richmond)
10 Ceri Large (Worcester)
9 Natasha Hunt (Lichfield)
1 Rochelle Clark (Worcester)
2 Emma Croker (Richmond)
3 Sophie Hemming (Bristol)
4 Rebecca Essex (Richmond)
5 Tamara Taylor (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks)
6 Heather Fisher (Worcester)
7 Margaret Alphonsi (Saracens)
8 Sarah Hunter (Lichfield, captain)
16 Victoria Fleetwood (Lichfield)
17 Laura Keates (Worcester)
18 Joanna McGilchrist (Wasps)
19 Alexandra Matthews (Richmond)
20 La Toya Mason (Wasps)
21 Katy Mclean (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks)
22 Kay Wilson (Bristol)
England Women WRWC results and fixture
Friday, August 1
England 65 Samoa 3
Tuesday, August 5
England 45 Spain 5
Saturday, August 9
England v Canada, kick-off 2.45pm BST, Marcoussis, live on Sky Sports 1