England scored another ten tries in their second World Cup pool match against Italy on Sunday afternoon, although a series of handling errors took the sheen off the win and left them with plenty to work on.
In fact they could have had two or three tries in the opening minutes, but knock-ons from Marlie Packer and Amy Wilson Hardy, both with the try-line in their sights, meant England came up with nothing to show for their early dominance.
The Red Roses have brought in ten new players to the match-day squad ahead of their second World Cup pool match against Italy.
Emily Scarratt returns to the starting line-up at outside centre and replaces Sarah Hunter as captain, while in the halves Natasha Hunt and Amber Reed replace Riley and McLean. Rachael Burford, who impressed on the June tour of New Zealand, gets a start in the centres, while on the wing Amy Wilson Hardy returns to the team for the first time since the Six Nations.
England have started their World Cup defence in the best possible way as they eased to a 56 – 5 win in their opening match against Spain. They ran in ten tries, four of them to wing Kay Wilson who was once again in prolific form.
The Red Roses were out of the blocks early, their first score coming barely a minute into the match when young centre Megan Jones burst through a weak Spanish tackle and then stepped past the full back to score under the posts. McLean converted and England were off to the perfect start.
England have named their match-day squad ahead of their opening World Cup game against Spain tomorrow.
Sarah Hunter leads a strong side, with full-back Danielle Waterman and centre Rachael Burford set to play in their fourth World Cup, while nine players in the starting line-up are making their debuts in the tournament.
After months of preparation, the Red Roses’ 2017 WRWC campaign kicks off tomorrow as they take on Spain in Dublin. As the opening game of the competition, all eyes will no doubt be on these two teams as they both look to start the tournament with a win.
It’s the final countdown to the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup (WRWC), and cries of “When are the Red Roses in action?” and “How can I watch them play?” fill the air. Well fear not, for this post contains all the information you need to follow the England team’s progress through the early stages of the WRWC this August.
When she takes to the field for the Red Roses in Ireland next month, Danielle ‘Nolli’ Waterman will be playing in her fourth Rugby World Cup. It is a testament to her enduring class, and her grit and determination after overcoming a serious knee injury a few years back, that she is still such a vital part of this England team. Continue reading