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England Women’s team to take on France named

19 February 2013

  • Three changes for England
  • Free entry to Twickenham after men’s RBS 6 Nations match
England Women are back in action at Twickenham

Photo: Getty Images

England Women’s Head Coach Gary Street has named his match-day 23 for Saturday’s Six Nations clash against France at Twickenham Stadium, kick off 7.20pm. Entry to the stadium is free following the mens game on the same day.

Street has made three changes to the starting line-up with Emma Croker, Rebecca Essex and Lauren Cattell coming off the bench to start. Croker replaces Victoria Fleetwood at hooker, Essex comes into the second row in place of Rowena Burnfield and Cattell will start at full back with Kay Wilson on the bench.

Lichfield No. 8 Sarah Hunter will once again captain England with scrum half La Toya Mason named as vice-captain. Katy McLean, who is part of the England Sevens Rugby World Cup training squad, comes in on the bench as she looks to get some game time.

England head into Saturday’s match, which is being shown live on the BBC Red Button, looking to bounce back from their 25-0 defeat to Ireland. Street knows his side must win if they are going to keep any hopes alive of retaining their Six Nations crown.

Street said: “We have made a few changes for this match but we have retained 22 out of the 23 players who played against Ireland and they now have the opportunity to put right a poor performance.

“Rebecca Essex has shown tremendous physicality since coming back from injury and Lauren Cattell, despite her young years, has matured at full back and will be looking forward to her first experience of playing at Twickenham. Emma Croker meanwhile is very experienced at hooker.

“We have worked hard this weekend on our physical preparations, which will be key against a side like France and we know we have the capabilities to get our performance back on track. Saturday will be a massive game in terms of the championship but we are just looking to put on a performance of which we can be proud. We have never lost a game at Twickenham – we love playing there – and we plan to raise our game once again.”

Rugby fans can watch England Women’s match against France for free with free entry to the stadium following the conclusion of the men’s RBS 6 Nations match.

England team to face France
15 Lauren Cattell (Saracens)
14 Francesca Matthews (Richmond)
13 Abigail Chamberlain (Richmond)
12 Amber Reed (Bristol)
11 Sally Tuson (Bristol)
10 Ceri Large (Worcester)
9 La Toya Mason (Wasps) (VC)
1 Rochelle Clark (Worcester)
2 Emma Croker (Richmond)
3 Sophie Hemming (Bristol)
4 Rebecca Essex (Richmond)
5 Tamara Taylor (Lichfield)
6 Joanna McGilchrist (Wasps)
7 Hannah Gallagher (Saracens)
8 Sarah Hunter (C) (Lichfield)

Replacements:
16 Victoria Fleetwood (Lichfield)
17 Laura Keates (Worcester)
18 Roz Crowley (Lichfield)
19 Rowena Burnfield (Richmond)
20 Harriet Millar-Mills (Lichfield)
21 Georgina Gulliver (Lichfield)
22 Katy McLean (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks)
23 Kay Wilson (Bristol)

England’s Six Nations fixtures
February 2, 2013 – England 76 Scotland 0
February 9, 2013 – Ireland 25 England 0
February 23, 2013 – England v France, KO 7.20pm, Twickenham Stadium. Free entry to Twickenham Stadium following the men’s Six Nations match. (Live on the BBC Red Button)
*March 9, 2013 – England v Italy, KO 1pm, Esher RFC. Live on www.rfu.com/englandwomenlive. Tickets available from www.ticketmaster.co.uk
March 17, 2013 – Wales v England, KO 2.30pm, Aberavon RFC