England Women vs Italy Women: Red Roses make six changes
England vs Italy Women
3:00pm Saturday November
Simon Middleton has made six changes to the England Women’s team to play Italy in their Quilter International in Bedford’s Goldington Road this weekend.
Since Italy is taken on by the Red Roses, natasha Hunt, who’s set to make her 50th cap, is named at scrum-half.
Sarah Hunter captains the street to achieve her 119th cap, moving her moment in the all time list of Test players of England together with Jason Leonard, who played the Irish & British Lions 114 times. Just former Red Roses prop Rochelle Clark is before the pair onto caps.
While Marlie Packer goes to blindside flanker, zoe Harrison will perform fly-half.
While Saracens forwards Poppy Cleall and Vicky Fleetwood also come in the starting XV at lock and openside flanker respectively club team-mate Emily Scott and harlequins prop Shaunagh Brown are all included.
Meanwhile, the Wasps FC Ladies’ Claudia Macdonald receives her very first call up of the fall period and will play on the wing, while Amy Cokayne is on the seat.
Abby Dow and cleall are still follow their return that is graduated after sustaining concussion in last Saturday’s victory over France in Sandy Park to perform with calculations and so are expected to be more fit.
Fresh from making her cover, Bristol Bears Women forward Rownita Marston retains her place.
Abbie Scott and Lydia Thompson are taking injuries and will not be risked this weekend.
The game comes soon for Lark Davies, who missed the match in Exeter.
“We are really excited about the very first Red Roses match in Bedford,” said Middleton.
“It’s a conventional club with a great floor and fanbase who are so passionate and love their rugby.
“The game is a significant chance for people who have been waiting in the wings that this show to reveal exactly what they can do and help end our calendar year ardently.
“We’ve attracted Claudia Macdonald back to the bunch. Claudia is a lively, versatile player that takes a risk as a scrum half and a winger. Her potential as a winger surfaced using a powerful performance and we are looking forward to seeing the way she plays this time around .
“I’d also like to have this chance to congratulate Mo [Natasha Hunt] on her 50th cap. It is an excellent accomplishment for any participant.
“She brings numerous attributes with her on-field ability and infectious character and she prefers to love this moment.”
England Women: 15 Sarah McKenna, 14 Abby Dow, 13 Emily Scarratt, 12 Emily Scott, 11 Claudia Macdonald, 10 Zoe Harrison, 9 Natasha Hunt, 1 Hannah Botterman, 2 Heather Kerr, 3 Shaunagh Brown, 4 Poppy Cleall, 5 Zoe Aldcroft, 6 Marlie Packer, 7 Vicky Fleetwood, 8 Sarah Hunter (c)
Replacements: 16 Amy Cokayne, 17 Ellena Perry, 18 Sarah Bern, 19 Sarah Beckett, 20 Rownita Marston, 21 Leanne Riley, 22 Katy Daley-Mclean, 23 Jess Breach