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
The Red Roses have named a 28-strong squad for the Rugby World Cup later this year.
Fresh from their International Series wins against Australia, Canada and New Zealand, the Red Roses’ squad is largely unchanged. It is also a vastly experienced side, with several players heading to their fourth World Cup.
The Red Roses have ended their tour in the most emphatic way, beating host country and world number one side New Zealand in Rotorua. Tries from Abbie Scott, Emily Scarratt, Lydia Thompson, Marlie Packer and Vicky Fleetwood helped England to an eight-point victory as they won 29 – 21.
England have named their side to face the Black Ferns on Saturday, coach Simon Middleton making seven changes to the team which beat Canada on Wednesday.
England have got their second win of the tour of New Zealand, but it was a much tougher test than their previous outing against Australia.
The Red Roses won 27 – 20 against a strong Canada side, scoring four tries through Lydia Thompson (2), Abbie Scott and Kay Wilson.
Their first score came after nine minutes, as Emily Scarratt took advantage of quick ball and broke from her own 22. She passed to Lydia Thompson, who showed great strength to bump off the full-back and break through another couple of tackles before being brought down about 20 metres short of Canada’s line.
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.
The Red Roses produced a scintillating performance as they won 53 – 10 in their opening tour match against Australia in Wellington. They scored nine tries to Australia’s one, with winger Sarah McKenna crossing for a hat-trick.