- England eager for Wales win
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England Women’s captain Katy Mclean says England are in high spirits ahead of their penultimate Six Nations clash against Wales at the Twickenham Stoop on Friday evening (kick-off 7:30pm).
After two wins and one loss in this season’s Six Nations championship campaign so far, Mclean knows England must get another victory on Friday and hope France come unstuck over the next two weeks if they are to win back the Six Nations crown.
“The girls are in a really good place,” said the England fly half. “We’ve certainly improved in most aspects in the game against Ireland but we still know we aren't perfect and there are things to work on.
“The aim is to obviously win all our remaining games but there are no easy games in this tournament with all the teams really pushing on. That means we just need to focus on turning up from the start of the match and not allow teams to settle and get comfortable in that middle stage of the game. We want teams to feel uncomfortable with the way we play.”
England last met Wales in the final game of the Six Nations last season and only a 76th minute try from wing Sally Tuson secured the 20-16 victory.
Mclean added: “Wales are always tough opposition and they’ve had some close results this season pushing both Italy and Ireland, so we know they will be up for it. They have a strong pack and really play on the edge of the law. It will certainly be a tough, physical game.
“It’s also going to be great playing back at the Stoop – we had a great game here against Canada in the autumn so will be hoping for more of the same on Friday.”
England have made just three changes to the starting line-up that defeated reigning Six Nations champion Ireland two weeks ago. Wasps duo Marlie Packer and La Toya Mason and Darlington Mowden Park Sharks’ Tamara Taylor have been recalled to the starting line-up whilst on the bench Richmond’s Natasha Brennan is set to make her 15-a-side England debut.
England Women to face Wales
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 La Toya Mason (Wasps)
1 Rochelle Clark (Worcester)
2 Emma Croker (Richmond)
3 Sophie Hemming (Bristol)
4 Rebecca Essex (Richmond)
5 Tamara Taylor (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks)
6 Marlie Packer (Wasps)
7 Margaret Alphonsi (Saracens)
8 Sarah Hunter (Lichfield, vice-captain)
16 Victoria Fleetwood (Lichfield)
17 Sasha Acheson (Bristol)
18 Laura Keates (Worcester)
19 Joanne McGilchrist (Wasps)
20 Hannah Gallagher (Saracens)
21 Natasha Hunt (Lichfield)
22 Ceri Large (Worcester)
23 Natasha Brennan (Richmond)
England’s Six Nations results and fixtures
Saturday, February 1: France 18 England 6, Stade des Alpes
Sunday, February 9: Scotland 0 England 63, Aberdeen
Saturday, February 22: England 17 Ireland 10, Twickenham Stadium
Friday, March 7: England v Wales, the Twickenham Stoop, kick-off 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, kick-off 2pm GMT