North Midlands Women have made eight changes to their starting line-up for their final pool match against Durham in the Gill Burns County Championship at Birmingham University’s Bournbrook ground on Sunday May 13 (2pm).
Beth James and Rebecca Herring form a new half-back partnership with Jada Bailey returning to the side on the left wing and Katie Gregory partnering captain Joanna Hart in the centre.
In the pack, looshead prop Christine Lofthouse-Pratt and hooker Ruth Middleton come into the front row with lock Jenna Hawkins and blindside flanker Sarah Mault starting in the back five.
North Midlands were beaten by a strong Lancashire side at Birmingham University last Sunday having launched their campaign with an encouraging victory over East Midlands at Biggleswade.
North Midlands Women:
15 Hannah Johnston (Birmingham University); 14 Emma Jordan (Bridgnorth), 13 Joanna Hart (Birmingham Exiles – captain), 12 Katie Gregory (Sutton Coldfield), 11 Jada Bailey (Aston OE); 10 Beth James (Worcester Valkyries), 9 Rebecca Herring (Birmingham University); 1 Christine Lofthouse-Pratt (Harper Adams University), 2 Ruth Middleton (Bridgnorth), 3 Tara Wheeldon (Sutton Coldfield), 4 Jenna Hawkins (Bridgnorth), 5 Hannah Puddy (Bridgnorth), 6 Sarah Mault (Bridgnorth), 7 Laura Thomas (Worcester), 8 Anna Stelfox (Birmingham Exiles).
Replacements: Victoria Strudwick (Five Ways OE), Kerrianne Meadowcroft (Five Ways OE), Roisin McBrien (Worcester), Niamh Massam-Vasselly (Worcester), Chloe Meyrick (Worcester University), Connie Bradshaw (Worcester), Charlie Byrne (Sutton Coldfield).