Simon Middleton names England squad for Six Nations final

England Ladies head coach Simon Middleton has introduced the group to play France on this weekend’s Six Nations last at Twickenham Stoop.

Emily Scarratt will lead the aspect as captain Sarah Hunter is known as amongst the replacements for the event’s climax.

The Pink Roses recorded wins over Scotland and Italy to advance to the ultimate the place Les Bleues await.

Middleton’s aspect have held the higher hand within the final six conferences between the 2 finest groups within the northern hemisphere, together with beating France dwelling and away in a two-Check collection final autumn after clinching the Six Nations title.

Hunter’s absence within the beginning line-up comes after successful her 124th cap within the win in opposition to Italy, as Middleton has opted for a again row of Zoe Aldcroft, Marlie Packer and Poppy Cleall.

Abbie Ward returns to associate Cath O’Donnell within the second row, with the Wasps lock one in every of solely two forwards to have began all matches on this yr’s Six Nations – the opposite being loosehead prop Vickii Cornborough.

Fellow Harlequin Shaunagh Brown will pack down at tighthead with Lark Davies most popular at hooker over Amy Cokayne.

Zoe Harrison makes her first begin of the event after being dropped from the group on the eve of their Six Nations opener in opposition to Scotland because of failing to fulfil the group’s COVID-19 monitoring course of, which tracks the day’s occasions of every participant within the England camp.

Helena Rowland retains the No.10 shirt, as Harrison slots in at inside centre and Lagi Tuima is known as as a substitute.

Middleton mentioned: “We’ve had a implausible three-and-a-half weeks coaching and a totally match squad coaching all week which has been nice.

“I’m actually happy with our growth, health ranges and robustness we’re beginning to develop.

“We have now power throughout the group and it was a tricky choice.

“It was nice to have Sarah Hunter again in opposition to Italy. She’s not fairly on the stage she would wish to be and we’d like for this sport in the mean time which is to be anticipated and anticipated after 13 months out. Sarah respects there are a variety of gamers within the again row and again 5 in nice type at this level and that in video games like this you want to have the ability to go for 80 minutes as a starter. She’s not fairly there but nevertheless it’s a problem she’s greater than up for. 

“We’ve introduced Marlie again on this week. Physicality on the breakdown can be crucial in opposition to France and amongst different issues that’s what Marlie provides you. Marlie’s probably the greatest on this planet in that space.

“Zoe and Helena collectively give us choices we all know can be essential in opposition to France.

“Now we’ve bought to exit and ship a great efficiency in each halves of the sport.

“That’s what it’ll take. France are a assured aspect and former outcomes are irrelevant.

“France play on confidence with a harmful excessive tempo sport with the ball in play so we’ve bought to be on the metallic and switched on. After all, the easiest way of defending is to have the ball so our skill to retain possession in the appropriate areas of the sector can be crucial

“Our self-discipline can be important, particularly with the tempo they’ve with their tap-and-gos.

“It is going to be an awesome last and we’re all actually excited.  

“We’ve seen a special format within the Six Nations which brings pleasure as the whole lot and everybody works in the direction of that one massive sport and Saturday is that sport.

“It is a massive check to translate what we’re doing on the coaching subject and one we’ll relish as a gaggle.”

England group to play France within the 2021 Six Nations last

England: 15 Sarah McKenna, 14 Jess Breach, 13 Emily Scarratt (c), 12 Zoe Harrison, 11 Abby Dow, 10 Helena Rowland, 9 Leanne Riley; 1 Vickii Cornborough, 2 Lark Davies, 3 Shaunagh Brown, 4 Abbie Ward, Cath O’Donnell, 6 Zoe Aldcroft, 7 Marlie Packer, 8 Poppy Cleall

Replacements: 16 Amy Cokayne, 17 Detysha Harper, 18 Bryony Cleall, 19 Harriet Millar-Mills, 20 Sarah Hunter, 21 Claudia MacDonald, 22 Lagi Tuima, 23 Ellie Kildunne

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