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Hunter captains England Women against Canada

09 August 2011

  • Lichfield No.8 Sarah Hunter to captain England against hosts Canada
  • England make nine changes as they aim to book place in Nations Cup final
England Women's No.8 carries possesion forward during an international against New Zealand

Photo: RFU Archive

Lichfield No. 8 Sarah Hunter will captain England in their penultimate game in the Nations Cup against hosts Canada this evening, kick off 1130pm BST at Appleby College in Ontario.

Hunter will be England’s third captain in this tournament with fly half Katy McLean leading England against the USA and prop Claire Purdy against South Africa on Saturday.

England Head Coach Gary Street has made several changes once again as England hope to secure their place in Saturday’s Nations Cup final after two wins from two so far. Only Rowena Burnfield, Becky Essex, Marlie Packer, Alice Richardson, Claire Allan and Sarah McKenna remain from the starting line-up that defeated South Africa 46-8 at the weekend.

England Women's lock Beck Essex looks on during training

Photo: RFU Archive

Street said: "We have rotated our squad again to keep players fresh both physically and mentally. We are looking forward to the last two games and are hoping to raise our performance.

"Just as importantly, once again this tournament has given us the opportunity to test ourselves with some new and exciting combinations against one of the best teams in the world.  Sarah Hunter will be our third captain of this tournament while we will also see the likes of Becky Essex playing in the backrow."

Just like England, Canada head into the third round of games on the back of two wins from two. With a 35-17 victory over the USA and a 52-17 defeat of South Africa England will no doubt have a tough clash on their hands.

Street added: "Canada have had a great start to the tournament and will be another tough challenge. I think there will be a real test of tactical nous for both teams in this match."

England Women v Canada

15 Danielle Waterman (Worcester)
14 Fran Matthews (Richmond)
13 Emily Scarratt (Lichfield)
12 Sarah McKenna (Old Albanians Saints)
11 Claire Allan (Richmond)
10 Alice Richardson (Richmond) VC
9 La Toya Mason (Wasps)
1 RochelleClark (Worcester)
2 Vicky Fleetwood (Lichfield)
3 Laura Keates (Worcester)
4 RowenaBurnfield (Richmond)
5 Tamara Taylor (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks)
6 Becky Essex (Richmond)
7 Marlie Packer (Bristol)
8 Sarah Hunter (Lichfield) (C)


16 Amy Garnett (Saracens)
17 Claire Purdy (Wasps)
18 Jenny Brightmore (Worcester)
19 Maggie Alphonsi (Saracens)
20 Natasha Hunt (Lichfield)
21 Katy McLean(Darlington Mowden Park Sharks)
22 Michaela Staniford (Wasps)

England Nations Cup fixtures and results

August 2: USA v England KO 11.30pm, WON 15-11

August 5: South Africa v England KO 10.30pm, WON 46-8

August 9: Canada v England KO 11.30pm

August 13: Finals Day KO TBC