- Street rings the changes for Canada clash
- England look to avenge Nations Cup defeat
England Women’s Head Coach Gary Street has made wholesale changes for Wednesday’s Autumn International clash against Canada at the Twickenham Stoop, kick-off 7pm.
After Saturday’s impressive 40-20 defeat of France at Twickenham Stadium, Street has chosen to rotate his squad significantly giving starts to Worcester’s Lydia Thompson and Wasps’ Michaela Staniford on the wings. Richmond’s Abigail Chamberlain comes in at centre and Natasha Hunt at scrum half. Bristol’s Amber Reed also moves to full back to cover for the injured Kay Wilson whilst Claire Allan is unavailable for selection because of work commitments.
In the pack, Claire Purdy and Victoria Fleetwood are also given the nod to start whilst Rowena Burnfield replaces Emily Braund in the second row. Lichfield’s Harriet Millar-Mills starts at No. 8 with Marlie Packer moving to open-side flanker and Hannah Gallagher coming in at No. 6.
“Saturday was a hard and physical game against France so we have freshened up our starting line-up with some very experienced players who were on the bench at the weekend,” said Street, whose side scored six tries to France's two.
“Against France we executed our game plan well, and we took our opportunities. We played with intent and put on the kind of game we wanted to in front of a big crowd at Twickenham, and we want to do more of the same on Wednesday. This time around, however, we must put in an 80-minute performance as that is not something we did on Saturday.”
A young England squad last played Canada in August and were on the wrong end of two defeats in the Nations Cup including a 27-13 defeat in the final. Canada, who defeated France 11-6 last week, have also been drawn against England in next year’s Rugby World Cup pool, which takes place in France in August.
“This is definitely going to be an exciting fixture,” added Street. “After their win over France they’ll be feeling confident. They’ve also had some rest so will be feeling fresh whilst also wanting to prove a point to us ahead of the RWC.
“However, their win over us in the Nations Cup is huge motivation for us. I have certainly got players chomping at the bit eager to reverse those results but also at the same time put their hands up for selection for the Rugby World Cup training squad, which will be announced later this month.”
Tickets for England’s clash against Canada are still available via www.ticketmaster.co.uk (0844 847 2492) and www.quins.co.uk (0208 410 6000). Tickets are priced £10 for adults and £5 for under 16s. You can also watch the match live on www.rfu.com/englandwomenlive and BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra.
England team to face Canada
15 Amber Reed (Bristol)
14 Lydia Thompson (Worcester)
13 Abigail Chamberlain (Richmond)
12 Rachael Burford (Thurrock)
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 Tamara Taylor (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks)
5 Rowena Burnfield (Richmond)
6 Hannah Gallagher (Saracens)
7 Marlie Packer (Wasps)
8 Harriet Millar-Mills (Lichfield)
16 Emma Croker (Richmond)
17 Rochelle Clark (Worcester)
18 Sasha Acheson (Bristol)
19 Rebecca Essex (Richmond)
20 Margaret Alphonsi (Saracens)
21 La Toya Mason (Wasps)
22 Ceri Large (Worcester)
23 Ruth Laybourn (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks)
England Autumn International series:
- Nov 9, England 40 France 20, Twickenham Stadium
- Nov 13, England v Canada, The Twickenham Stoop, KO 7pm, live on www.rfu.com/englandwomenlive and BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra.