Worcester Valkyries trio Lydia Thompson, Laura Keates and Rochelle Clark have retained their places in the England Women’s squad for the International against New Zealand at The Stoop on November 19 (12pm).
Thompson starts on the right wing with Keates at tighthead and Clark set to extend her England caps record to 116 if she comes off the bench.
The Red Roses are two from two so far this autumn having beaten France 10-5 in the series opener before following up with a gritty 10-12 win over Ireland at University College Dublin on Sunday When Clark broke Jason Leonard’s appearance record for England.
However they face a tougher challenge on Saturday when they take on the world’s number one side, fresh from a convincing 2-0 series win against Australia.
Head Coach Simon Middleton said: “This series is about building on our performances and developing as a squad. We expect a tough Test against the Black Ferns, as the world’s number one side.
“We have two tough games under our belts where we have had the opportunity to test our resilience and the strength and depth of our squad. We look forward to bringing Emily Scarratt and Lydia Thompson back into the starting 15 and having the support of a home crowd.”
The sides have met just once this World Cup cycle, in July 2015 when the Black Ferns came away with a 26-7 victory.