- England look for second Nations Cup win
- Hunter returns to lead England
England Women have announced their team to take on the USA in the penultimate match of the Nations Cup on Thursday, August 8, kick off 1am BST at the University of Colorado.
Acting Head Coach Graham Smith has made wholescale changes as England hunt their second win of the tournament with 12 changes to the starting line-up. As Smith rotates his squad once again after one win and one loss this campaign only Richmond lock Rebecca Essex, Lichfield’s Victoria Fleetwood and Thurrock fly half Emily Scott retain their place in the starting XV.
Lichfield’s Sarah Hunter returns to lead this young and developing England side as the Red Roses look to build on Sunday’s 18-17 victory over South Africa whilst Worcester’s Ceri Large has been named as vice-captain.
After England’s win against South Africa and a 25-18 defeat to Canada in the opening round of games this is a must-win match for Smith's side if they are to make Saturday’s final.
Smith said: “We have selected a team that reflects our aims and ambitions for the tour, which are to give players opportunities so we can assess who has World Cup potential. The final two games will give us another opportunity to look at the squad we have brought.
“The USA’s performance against Canada last week was very strong and they have dynamic forward players and pace in the backs but then, so do we.
“As with all the Nations Cup games this is going to be a very physical encounter but we have nothing to fear and everything to play for. Spirit in the camp is high and this is a lively, spirited squad of players.”
Watch USA versus England live on www.usarugby.org/nations-cup (August 8, 1am BST).
England team to play USA
15 Kay Wilson (Bristol)
14 Julie Hope (Carlisle)
13 Abigail Chamberlain (Richmond)
12 Ceri Large (Worcester) (VC)
11 Lydia Thompson (Worcester)
10 Emily Scott (Thurrock)
9 Fiona Davidson (Richmond)
1 Rochelle Clark (Worcester)
2 Emma Croker (Richmond)
3 Laura Keates (Worcester)
4 Rebecca Essex (Richmond)
5 Rowena Burnfield (Richmond)
6 Isabelle Noel-Smith (Bristol)
7 Victoria Fleetwood (Lichfield)
8 Sarah Hunter (Lichfield) (C)
16 Mercedes Foy (Thurrock)
17 Claire Purdy (Wasps)
18 Justine Lucas (Lichfield)
19 Zoe Saynor (Bristol)
20 Harriet Millar-Mills (Bristol)
21 Charlotte Keane (Worcester)
22 Megan Goddard (Worcester)
23 Amy Wilson-Hardy (Bristol)
England’s Nations Cup schedule
July 30, England 18 Canada 25
August 3, England 18 South Africa 17
August 8, England v USA, KO 1am BST at the University of Northern Colorado
August 10/11, Finals Day at Infinity Park, Glendale