England Women have named an unchanged side for their second match in this season’s Six Nations Championship against Wales at Cardiff Arms Park on Saturday (11.30am).
Lock Tamara Taylor, who earned her first cap for the Red Roses in New Zealand in October 2005, will make her 100th appearance in her tenth Six Nations competition.
Head coach Simon Middleton has made no changes to the 23 that saw off France 26-13 at Twickenham Stadium in the opening round of the championship on Saturday. The Red Roses came back from a 0-13 half time deficit through tries from Danielle Waterman and Amy Wilson Hardy and 16 points off the boot of Emily Scarratt.
Middleton said: “I was pleased with the way we refocused at half time last week and the accuracy, discipline and execution of the game plan was far closer to the standards we are looking to achieve. It is essential this week that we don’t leave that performance until the second half. We have spoken about how we want to start the game this week, about being more consistent in our accuracy and execution.
“Wales come to the game on a roll having built a run of five wins from five. They are a tough side to play at home but we are confident in our preparation and the quality of the 23 players we are sending out on Saturday.”
This is the first time the two sides have faced each other since the 2016 Six Nations. The Red Roses beat Wales on that occasion 20-13 at the Twickenham Stoop.
England match-day 23 against Wales
15 Danielle Waterman (Bristol, 65 caps)
14 Lydia Thompson (Worcester Valkyries, 28 caps)
13 Emily Scarratt (Lichfield, 62 caps)
12 Amber Reed (Bristol, 33 caps)
11 Amy Wilson Hardy (Bristol, 4 caps)
10 Katy Mclean (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks, 81 caps)
9 Natasha Hunt (Lichfield, 34 caps)
1 Rochelle Clark (Worcester Valkyries, 118 caps)
2 Amy Cokayne (Lichfield, 21 caps)
3 Laura Keates (Worcester Valkyries, 57 caps)
4 Harriet Millar-Mills (Lichfield, 39 caps)
5 Tamara Taylor (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks, 99 caps)
6 Izzy Noel-Smith (Bristol, 25 caps)
7 Marlie Packer (Bristol, 41 caps)
8 Sarah Hunter (Bristol, 86 caps) (c)
16 Vicky Fleetwood (Saracens, 55 caps)
17 Justine Lucas (Lichfield, 15 caps)
18 Sarah Bern (Bristol, 5 caps)
19 Zoe Aldcroft (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks, 3 caps)
20 Poppy Cleall (Bristol, 8 caps)
21 La Toya Mason (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks, 60 caps)
22 Emily Scott (Saracens, 17 caps)
23 Rachael Burford (Aylesford Bulls, 61 caps)