Three Worcester Valkyries players have been named in England’s starting XV for the RBS Women’s Six Nations opener against France at Twickenham on February 4 (7.35pm).
Wing Lydia Thompson has been named in the backs with props Rochelle Clark and Laura Keates in the front row.
“Preparation has been good, having had 10 days training as a group already. We feel ready to take on France, a side we know well. The Six Nations is an exciting and competitive tournament and we look forward to getting the campaign underway in front of a home crowd at Twickenham,” said England Head Coach Simon Middleton.
The two sides have faced each other twice since last year’s Six Nations, which was won by France following a championship decider between the two sides in Vannes. A last-gasp try in the Women’s Rugby Super Series allowed England to exact revenge on their Six Nations loss in Salt Lake City last summer, running out 17-13 winners before following up with a 10-5 victory at the Twickenham Stoop in the opening game of the Old Mutual Wealth Series in November.
England v France
15 Danielle Waterman (Bristol, 64 caps)
14 Lydia Thompson (Worcester Valkyries, 27 caps)
13 Emily Scarratt (Lichfield, 61 caps)
12 Amber Reed (Bristol, 32 caps)
11 Amy Wilson Hardy (Bristol, 3 caps)
10 Katy Mclean (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks, 80 caps)
9 Natasha Hunt (Lichfield, 33 caps)
1 Rochelle Clark (Worcester Valkyries, 117 caps)
2 Amy Cokayne (Lichfield, 20 caps)
3 Laura Keates (Worcester Valkyries, 56 caps)
4 Tamara Taylor (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks, 98 caps)
5 Harriet Millar-Mills (Lichfield, 38 caps)
6 Izzy Noel-Smith (Bristol, 24 caps)
7 Marlie Packer (Bristol, 40 caps)
8 Sarah Hunter (Bristol, 85 caps) (c)
16 Vicky Fleetwood (Saracens, 54 caps)
17 Justine Lucas (Lichfield, 14 caps)
18 Sarah Bern (Bristol, 4 caps)
19 Zoe Aldcroft (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks, 2 caps)
20 Poppy Cleall (Bristol, 7 caps)
21 La Toya Mason (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks, 59 caps)
22 Emily Scott (Saracens, 16 caps)
23 Rachael Burford (Aylesford Bulls, 60 caps)