- Must-win match for England
- Free entry after England Men versus Ireland Men
England Women’s captain Katy Mclean is hoping the Twickenham crowd will help spur England on to victory against Ireland in the third round of the Six Nations on Saturday, kick off 6:20pm.
Mclean, whose side have only lost once at Twickenham Stadium, is expecting a colossal clash against the reigning Grand Slam champions who are also gunning for a Triple Crown on Saturday after wins over Scotland and Wales.
“We always get our biggest crowds at Twickenham and it’s a very special feeling having 13,000 plus people cheering you on,” said the England fly-half.
“I would definitely say it helps us playing here. We have had some great wins at Twickenham and it's really starting to feel like our home now. The crowd and support we get there really spurs us on and in a tight game that's exactly what we need.”
For England there is a lot at stake in this game. Following a 18-6 defeat to France in Grenoble earlier this month, Mclean knows England must win this match to keep alive their dreams of winning back the Six Nations crown.
“This is a massive game for us,” added Mclean. “Ireland are current champions and thoroughly deserve to be. However, in a tournament like the Six Nations it's all up for grabs and this one certainly is. I think Ireland will come with a hard-working pack and, like us, want to play with a good tempo. It should make for a fantastic spectacle.
“Obviously we know it's a must win match but that’s not our only focus. We want to win the Six Nations but it's just as important that we play well in every game we play. We want to make all of our performances count as we look towards the Rugby World Cup in August.”
Fans can watch England Women v Ireland Women for free with free entry to the stadium after the corresponding men's match.
England team to face Ireland
15 Emily Scarratt (Lichfield)
14 Katherine Merchant (Worcester)
13 Amber Reed (Bristol)
12 Rachael Burford (Thurrock)
11 Kay Wilson (Bristol)
10 Katy Mclean (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks, captain)
9 Natasha Hunt (Lichfield)
1 Rochelle Clark (Worcester)
2 Emma Croker (Richmond)
3 Sophie Hemming (Bristol)
4 Rebecca Essex (Richmond)
5 Joanne McGilchrist (Wasps)
6 Hannah Gallagher (Saracens)
7 Margaret Alphonsi (Saracens)
8 Sarah Hunter (Lichfield, vice-captain)
16 Victoria Fleetwood (Lichfield)
17 Laura Keates (Worcester)
18 Sasha Acheson (Bristol)
19 Tamara Taylor (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks)
20 Marlie Packer (Wasps)
21 La Toya Mason (Wasps)
22 Ceri Large (Worcester)
23 Lydia Thompson (Worcester)
England’s Six Nations results and fixture:
Saturday, February 1: France 18 England 6, Stade des Alpes
Sunday, February 9: Scotland 0 England 63, Aberdeen Grammar, Aberdeen
Saturday, February 22: England v Ireland, Twickenham Stadium, KO 6:20pm, live on the BBC Red Button & BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra. FREE entry to Twickenham Stadium after England Men v Ireland Men.
Friday, March 7: England v Wales, the Twickenham Stoop, KO 7:30pm, live on www.rfu.com/englandwomenlive and BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra. Tickets available from www.ticketmaster.co.uk (0844 847 2492) and www.quins.co.uk (0208 410 6000).
Sunday, March 16: Italy v England, Stadio Giulio Rovato, KO 2pm GMT