England ring the changes for Canada test

The Red Roses have made eleven changes to the side which beat Australia on Friday as they look to record their second tour victory in New Zealand.

Regular captain Sarah Hunter returns to the starting line-up along with fellow back row Marlie Packer. A new-look front row includes Rocky Clarke, who holds the record for the most appearances for England, alongside hooker Justine Lucas and prop Amy Cokayne.

In the backs, only wing Sarah McKenna and centre Megan Jones, who impressed against Australia, retain their places. Jones moves to inside centre and is joined by Emily Scarratt at thirteen, while a new halves pairing of La Toya Mason and Amber Reed start.

Coach Simon Middleton believes squad rotation will be a key component to a successful World Cup later on in the year: “We have changed things again with selection for this game and this was always part of the plan, everyone was going to get a run out in the first two games,” said Middleton.

It will also give him a chance to try new combinations and increase competition for places, which can help push players to improve.

The Canadians will be a tough challenge for the Red Roses. The two sides last met in November 2016, where England ran out 39 – 6 winners, but the Red Roses will not be resting on their laurels. Canada were beaten finalists as England won the World Cup in 2014, and are currently the third best team in the world (behind the Black Ferns and England), so will be a step up from the Australians and a good test for this Red Roses team.

The game against Canada is available to watch live on World Rugby’s Facebook page (KO 12.30pm local time, 1.30am BST).

Red Roses team to play Canada (Tuesday 13th June @ 12.30pm local time, 1.30am BST, Christchurch)

15 Danielle Waterman (Bristol, 68 caps)
14 Lydia Thompson (Worcester Valkyries, 32 caps)
13 Emily Scarratt (Lichfield, 67 caps)
12 Megan Jones (Bristol, 3 caps)
11 Sarah McKenna (Saracens, 13 caps)
10 Amber Reed (Bristol, 37 caps)
9 La Toya Mason (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks, 64 caps)

1 Rochelle Clark (Worcester Valkyries, 122 caps)
2 Amy Cokayne (Lichfield, 26 caps)
3 Justine Lucas (Lichfield, 20 caps)
4 Abbie Scott (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks, 15 caps)
5 Emily Braund (Lichfield, 25 caps)
6 Harriet Millar-Mills (Lichfield, 44 caps)
7 Marlie Packer (Bristol, 45 caps)
8 Sarah Hunter (c) (Bristol, 91 caps)


16 Vicky Fleetwood (Saracens, 60 caps)
17 Vickii Cornborough (Aylsford Bulls, 24 caps)
18 Sarah Bern (Bristol, 9 caps)
19 Izzy Noel-Smith (Bristol, 30 caps)
20 Alex Matthews (Richmond, 30 caps)
21 Natasha Hunt (Lichfield, 36 caps)
22 Katy Mclean (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks, 84 caps)
23 Kay Wilson (Richmond, 43 caps)


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