- England Women unbeaten under Mclean
- England ready to grace the Twickenham stage
England Women’s Katy Mclean will be hoping to maintain her unbeaten record as England captain when she leads out her country against France at Twickenham Stadium on Saturday, kick off 5:05pm.
Mclean, who takes over as skipper from the injured Sarah Hunter for the first time in 12 months, has not lost a game in charge since first taking on the captaincy in 2011.
The Darlington Mowden Park Sharks fly-half has led England to two Six Nations Grand Slam titles and two series wins against World Champions New Zealand. As England kick off their Autumn International Series against France on Saturday, and then take on Canada on November 13 at the Stoop, Mclean is looking for more of the same.
"You can’t get any greater honour than captaining your country," said the 27-year-old, who has 62 caps for England. "Obviously I would like to do it in different circumstances with Sarah Hunter not being injured but it is a great opportunity for me.
"It certainly does feel like a long time since I was captain and I can’t wait to do it at Twickenham too. I have not lost a game as England captain and that’s not a bad record to have. I certainly don’t have any plans of that changing.”
Mclean is one of just eight starters named in Saturday’s clash who were involved in England 20-30 defeat to France in the 2013 Six Nations. Although this is a much changed line-up, the England No. 10 is expecting France to come to Twickenham full of confidence.
"France will no doubt be feeling good after they beat us last season," added Mclean. "They are a good side with a lot of physicality and they have been playing really well lately.
"However, the focus for us is ourselves and with us playing at home we are feeling confident too. Playing at Twickenham definitely gives us an extra 20 percent and we are certainly going to make the most of that.
"This Autumn International Series is a real marker for us to see where we are nine months out from the Rugby World Cup so we definitely want to kick off this Series with a bang."
England team to play France
15 Kay Wilson (Bristol)
14 Claire Allan (Richmond)
13 Amber Reed (Bristol)
12 Rachael Burford (Thurrock)
11 Ruth Laybourn (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks)
10 Katy Mclean (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks) (c)
9 La Toya Mason (Wasps)
1 Rochelle Clark (Worcester) (VC)
2 Emma Croker (Richmond)
3 Sophie Hemming (Bristol)
4 Tamara Taylor (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks)
5 Emily Braund (Lichfield)
6 Marlie Packer (Wasps)
7 Margaret Alphonsi (Saracens)
8 Rebecca Essex (Richmond)
16 Victoria Fleetwood (Lichfield)
17 Claire Purdy (Wasps)
18 Sasha Acheson (Bristol)
19 Hannah Gallagher (Saracens)
20 Harrier Millar-Mills (Lichfield)
21 Natasha Hunt (Lichfield)
22 Ceri Large (Worcester)
23 Michaela Staniford (Wasps)
England Autumn International Series
- Nov 9, England v France, Twickenham Stadium, KO 5.05pm, live on Sky Sports 2 and BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra. Free entry to Twickenham Stadium following England Men’s QBE International.
- Nov 13, England v Canada, The Twickenham Stoop, KO 7pm., live on www.rfu.com/englandwomenlive and BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra.
Tickets are available via www.ticketmaster.co.uk (0844 847 2492), www.quins.co.uk (0208 410 6000).
Tickets are priced £10 for adults and £5 for under 16s.