England opt for experience against Scotland

England have made five changes to the team which pulled off an unconvincing win against Italy two weeks ago.

In the back three, Danielle Waterman and Lydia Thompson return to the starting side, while Amber Reed replaces Rachael Burford at inside centre. The halfback pairing of La Toya Mason and Emily Scott are given another chance to start after their display against Italy.

The starting forward pack remains the same, save for a change at prop, where Justine Lucas replaces Laura Keates, who has been rested. Vickii Cornborough comes onto the bench, looking to make her first start in this year’s Six Nations.

Again, the Red Roses have a very experienced side, although they are lacking their 83-capped fly-half Katy McLean, who will miss the remainder of the tournament after being banned for three weeks for a tackle in the game against Italy.

“We are looking forward to what we expect will be a challenging contest and hope to have strong support from a good crowd for our last home game of the championship.” said head coach Simon Middleton.

The game is available to watch on Sky Sports 3, but coverage is delayed until 8 am on Sunday 12th March. Tickets to the game are available here.

Red Roses Team to play Scotland (Saturday 11th March @ 1pm, Twickenham Stoop)

15 Danielle Waterman (Bristol, 66 caps)
14 Lydia Thompson (Worcester Valkyries, 29 caps)
13 Emily Scarratt (Lichfield, 64 caps)
12 Amber Reed (Bristol, 35 caps)
11 Kay Wilson (Richmond, 40 caps)
10 Emily Scott (Saracens, 19 caps)
9 La Toya Mason (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks, 62 caps)

1 Rochelle Clark (Worcester Valkyries, 120 caps)
2 Amy Cokayne (Lichfield, 23 caps)
3 Justine Lucas (Lichfield, 17 caps)
4 Harriet Millar-Mills (Lichfield, 41 caps)
5 Tamara Taylor (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks, 101 caps)
6 Alex Matthews (Richmond, 27 caps)
7 Marlie Packer (Bristol, 43 caps)
8 Sarah Hunter (Bristol, 88 caps) (c).

Replacements:

16 Vicky Fleetwood (Saracens, 57 caps)
17 Vickii Cornborough (Aylesford Bulls, 21 caps)
18 Sarah Bern (Bristol, 7 caps)
19 Poppy Cleall (Bristol, 10 caps)
20 Izzy Noel-Smith (Bristol, 27 caps)
21 Bianca Blackburn (Worcester Valkyries, 16 caps)
22 Rachael Burford (Aylesford Bulls, 63 caps)
23 Sarah McKenna (Saracens, 11 caps).

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