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England Women’s team announced for Six Nations opener

26 January 2012

  • England to play Scotland in opening Six Nations clash
  • Street names a young side mixed with experience
    England's captain and fly half Katy McLean

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    England Women’s Head Coach Gary Street has named his team for England’s Six Nations opener against Scotland on February 5 at Lasswade RFC, Edinburgh, kick off 5pm.

    England, who will be defending their Grand Slam crown and looking for a record breaking seventh consecutive title, will be led by Darlington Mowden Park Sharks fly-half Katy McLean. Lichfield Number 8 Sarah Hunter is vice-captain.

    Street has named a young looking England side with uncapped lock Emily Braund on the bench. Lichfield’s Harriet Millar-Mills, Saracens’ Hannah Gallagher, Bristol’s Isabelle Noel-Smith and Worcester’s Ceri Large will also be looking to build on their handful of international caps. There is also experience in this 22 with the likes of Claire Purdy, Sophie Hemming, Michaela Staniford and Emily Scarratt, amongst others, in the squad.

    Street said: “I think this is actually going to be the toughest Six Nations we have experienced in quite some time. Every game is going to be a challenge, starting with Scotland. Italy are in my opinion the most improved side in the championship, whilst playing Wales at Twickenham Stadium is going to be a huge match. Matches don’t come much tougher than playing France in Paris and then we will finish off the series against Ireland, playing them on St. Patrick’s Day weekend.

    “I have selected a relatively young side for our game against Scotland following their performances against New Zealand and France last autumn. At the same time we have still got a lot of experienced players and we will need that for a tough test against our home nation rivals.”

    Street added: “For me, I think if we can put the performances in then hopefully the results will take care of themselves. Following our series win over the world champions New Zealand we have set ourselves a high bar to live up to and for us it will be disappointing if we can’t keep improving on our performances.”

    England Women team to face Scotland

    15 Kay Wilson (Bristol)
    14 Katherine Merchant (Worcester)
    13 Emily Scarratt (Lichfield)
    12 Rachael Burford (Richmond)
    11 Michaela Staniford (Wasps)
    10 Katy McLean (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks) (C)
    9 Natasha Hunt (Lichfield)

    1 Claire Purdy (Wasps)
    2 Victoria Fleetwood (Lichfield)
    3 Sophie Hemming (Bristol)
    4 Rowena Burnfield (Richmond)
    5 Harriet Millar-Mills (Lichfield)
    6 Hannah Gallagher (Saracens)
    7 Marlie Packer (Bristol)
    8 Sarah Hunter (Lichfield) (VC)

    Replacements:

    16 Amy Turner (Richmond)
    17 Laura Keates (Worcester)
    18 Emily Braund (Lichfield)
    19 Isabelle Noel-Smith (Bristol)
    20 Georgina Rozario (Lichfield)
    21 Ceri Large (Worcester)
    22Georgina Roberts (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks)

    England’s Six Nations Fixtures

    February 5, 2012, Scotland v England, Lasswade, Edinburgh, KO 5pm
    February 12, 2012, Italy v England, Parabiago, Nr Milan, KO 3pm
    February 25, 2012, England v Wales, Twickenham Stadium, KO 6.15pm (Live on the BBC Red Button and on www.bbc.co.uk/sport. Free entry to the stadium after the men’s Six Nations match)

    March 11, 2012, France v England, Stade Charlety, Paris, KO 1.45pm
    March 17, 2012 England v Ireland, Esher RFC, KO 2pm (Live on www.rfu.com/englandwomenlive.com. Tickets can be purchased on game day on the gate or online at http://www.esherrugby.com/ticket_sales.html, priced £10 for adults, £5 for Under)

     

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