England name team for Grand Slam decider against Ireland

England have made two changes to the team which beat Scotland last weekend as they travel to Ireland for the final game of their Six Nations campaign.

Winger Amy Wilson Hardy returns to the starting line-up, replacing Lydia Thompson, who moves to the bench. Kay Wilson, who scored seven tries last weekend, retains her spot on the other wing, as La Toya Mason and Emily Scott continue their partnership at scrum-half and fly-half. On the bench, prop Laura Keates replaces Sarah Bern, while captain Sarah Hunter is set to win her 90th cap.

Both Ireland the Red Roses are looking to complete the Grand Slam on Friday evening, and the Irish will be a very tough test for this England squad.

“Ireland have had a great competition so far, showing immense resilience to win four tough games. It promises to be a fantastic end to the tournament and we are confident that come Friday we will be as ready as we can to win our first Grand Slam in five years.” said head coach Simon Middleton.

The game is available to watch live on Sky Sports Mix and englandrugby.com.

Red Roses Team to play Ireland (Friday 17th March @ 8pm, Donnybrook Stadium, Dublin)

15 Danielle Waterman (Bristol, 67 caps)
14 Amy Wilson Hardy (Bristol, 6 caps)
13 Emily Scarratt (Lichfield, 65 caps)
12 Amber Reed (Bristol, 36 caps)
11 Kay Wilson (Richmond, 41 caps)
10 Emily Scott (Saracens, 20 caps)
9 La Toya Mason (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks, 63 caps)

1 Rochelle Clark (Worcester Valkyries, 121 caps)
2 Amy Cokayne (Lichfield, 24 caps)
3 Justine Lucas (Lichfield, 18 caps)
4 Tamara Taylor (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks, 102 caps)
5 Harriet Millar-Mills (Lichfield, 42 caps)
6 Alex Matthews (Richmond, 28 caps)
7 Marlie Packer (Bristol, 44 caps)
8 Sarah Hunter (Bristol, 89 caps) (c)

Replacements:

16 Vicky Fleetwood (Saracens, 58 caps)
17 Vickii Cornborough (Aylesford Bulls, 22 caps)
18 Laura Keates (Worcester Valkyries, 59 caps)
19 Poppy Cleall (Bristol, 11 caps), 20 Izzy Noel-Smith (Bristol, 28 caps)
21 Bianca Blackburn (Worcester Valkyries, 17 caps)
22 Rachael Burford (Aylesford Bulls, 64 caps)
23 Lydia Thompson (Worcester Valkyries, 30 caps)

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