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Worcester Valkyries trio to face Canada for England

November 24, 2016

Worcester Valkyries trio to face Canada for England 

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Photo: Andy Baldwin, AJB Photographic

Worcester Warriors Release

Worcester Valkyries’ Rochelle Clark, Laura Keates and Lydia Thompson are all named in the England Women starting line-up to face Canada at Twickenham on Saturday (kick-off 5.05pm).

Head Coach Simon Middleton has made six changes to his starting 15 for England Women’s final Old Mutual Wealth Series match following wins over France and Ireland before defeat to New Zealand last weekend.

Broadcast live on Sky Sports and BBC 5 Live Sports Extra, this fourth autumn Test provides the Red Roses with the opportunity to finish the series with victory.

Middleton said: “Since last weekend we have reflected, regrouped and worked hard to address the aspects which didn’t go our way. We want to end the Old Mutual Wealth Series with a win and know Canada will do their best to prevent that.

“It is always great to follow the men out and play at Twickenham, and we look forward to strong support from the home crowd.”

Since England’s 2014 Women’s World Cup Final win over Canada, the two sides have met twice with one win each. England secured a tight 15-14 victory in Edmonton in July 2015 before meeting again in this summer’s Super Series in Salt Lake City where the Canadians took a convincing 52-17 win.

England Women
15 Danielle Waterman (Bristol, 63 caps)
14 Lydia Thompson (Worcester Valkyries, 26 caps)
13 Emily Scarratt (Lichfield, 60 caps)
12 Rachael Burford (Aylesford Bulls, 59 caps)
11 Kay Wilson (Richmond, 38 caps)
10 Emily Scott (Saracens, 15 caps)
9 La Toya Mason (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks, 58 caps)
1 Rochelle Clark (Worcester Valkyries, 116 caps)
2 Amy Cokayne (Lichfield, 19 caps)
3 Laura Keates (Worcester Valkyries, 55 caps)
4 Tamara Taylor (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks, 97 caps)
5 Harriet Millar-Mills (Lichfield, 37 caps)
6 Alex Matthews (Richmond, 25 caps)
7 Izzy Noel-Smith (Bristol, 23 caps)
8 Sarah Hunter (Bristol, 84 caps) (c)

Replacements
16 Emma Croker (Richmond, 63 caps)
17 Vickii Cornborough (Aylesford Bulls, 20 caps)
18 Sarah Bern (Bristol, 3 caps)
19 Poppy Cleall (Bristol, 6 caps)
20 Marlie Packer (Bristol, 39 caps)
21 Natasha Hunt (Lichfield, 32 caps)
22 Megan Jones (Bristol, 1 cap)
23 Claire Allan (Saracens, 35 caps)

Results/Fixtures
England 10-5 France, Wednesday 9 November, Twickenham Stoop
Ireland 10-12 England, Sunday 13 November, University College Dublin
England 20-25 New Zealand, Saturday 19 November, Twickenham Stoop
England vs Canada, Saturday 26 November, Twickenham, 5.05pm

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