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Street makes nine changes for second NZ Test

25 November 2012

  • Sarah Hunter to captain England for second Test  
  • England looking to wrap up series after opening victory
England's Marlie Packer

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England Women’s Head Coach Gary Street has named his side to take on world champions New Zealand on Tuesday, kick off 730pm at Aldershot Army Rugby Stadium.

Street has made nine changes and two positional changes as he looks to build on Friday’s opening 16-13 win in the three Test series. Only Emily Scarratt, Michaela Staniford, Alice Richardson, Natasha Hunt, Sarah Hunter and Tamara Taylor start a second successive game.

England Captain Katy McLean is rested and will start on the bench, handing the captaincy armband to Sarah Hunter for this mid-week clash. Richardson, who moves from inside centre to fly half, has been named as vice-captain.

Tuesday’s clash will also see the Matthews sisters Francesca and Alexandra start their first ever XVs match with Fran starting on the wing and her younger sister Alex being given the nod in the backrow.

There is also a new exciting centre combination of Amber Reed and Joanne Watmore, who both made their debuts against France earlier this month, while Rosemarie Crowley, Emma Croker and Sophie Hemming form a new front row for this game.

England's Michaela Staniford

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Lock Emily Braund and Saracens’ Hannah Gallagher have also been called up to the starting line-up with Wasps No.9 La Toya Mason has been called into the squad after an injury to scrum half Georgina Gulliver.

“With three games in eight days the key is to keep our players fresh as these matches are going to take their toll both physically and mentally,” said Street. “This is still a strong England squad with over 380 caps in the starting line-up and one that I believe can build on our opening win of the series.”

England head into Tuesday’s match on the back of a thrilling win at Esher. The home side came from 13-3 down in the second-half to defeat the world champions with tries coming from Sarah Hunter and Katherine Merchant.

“We have definitely got to be more clinical on Tuesday,” said Street, whose side are looking to better last autumn's 2-0 won over New Zealand. “We made life hard for ourselves and we missed a lot of opportunities, but we are now looking forward to making those improvements.

“New Zealand will once again provide a massive challenge for us and it will be another physical game on Tuesday but we know what to expect.”

England Women vs New Zealand Women

15 Emily Scarratt (Lichfield)
14 Francesca Matthews (Richmond)                        
13 Joanne Watmore (Worcester)
12 Amber Reed (Bristol)
11 Michaela Staniford (Wasps)
10 Alice Richardson (Richmond) (VC)
9 Natasha Hunt (Lichfield)
1 Rosemarie Crowley (Lichfield)
2 Emma Croker (Richmond)
3 Sophie Hemming (Bristol)
4 Tamara Taylor (Lichfield)
5 Emily Braund (Lichfield)
6 Alexandra Matthews (Richmond)
7 Hannah Gallagher (Saracens)
8 Sarah Hunter (C) (Lichfield)

Replacements

16 Victoria Fleetwood (Lichfield)
17 Rochelle Clark (Worcester)
18 Laura Keates (Worcester)
19 Rowena Burnfield (Richmond)
20 Marlie Packer (Bristol)
21 La Toya Mason (Wasps)
22 Ceri Large (Bristol)
23 Katy McLean (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks)

England Women Autumn International Series

Nov 3, 2012: England 23 France 13 - Esher RFC
Nov 23, 2012: England 16 New Zealand 13 - Esher RFC
Nov 27, 2012: England v New Zealand - Aldershot Army Rugby Stadium - KO 7:30pm. (Live on www.rfu.com/englandwomenlive)
Dec 1, 2012: England v New Zealand - Twickenham Stadium - KO 5pm (Live on Sky Sports 1HD)

Tickets for England’s Autumn International Series are available through www.ticketmaster.co.uk, priced at £10 for adults and £5 for Under 16s. This excludes the England v New Zealand game at Twickenham on December 1st as there is free entry to the stadium following the conclusion of the men’s match.