France v England: Women’s Six Nations champions make nine changes

England beat France final Saturday to steal a third successive Females’s Six Countries title
Venue: Stade Lille-Metropole Dates: Friday, 30 April Kick-off: 20: 00 BST
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England head coach Simon Middleton makes nine adjustments to his Females’s Six Countries-good aspect, with captain Sarah Hunter returning to the starting XV for Friday’s match with France.

Zoe Harrison will birth at 10 in Lille, after final week’s starter Helena Rowland rejoined GB Sevens.

Hunter returns at eight, pushing Poppy Cleall to blind-aspect flanker.

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England dwelling up the additional Test in opposition to France to present the aspect more sport time after easiest taking part in three suits in a reduced Six Countries layout.

“All of us know France will likely be hurting and we need to be hasty out of the blocks,” Middleton said.

“Taking part in France in France is continually a mountainous plot back and one we’re in actual fact taking a stumble on forward to.”

Flanker Marlie Packer is setting apart after terminate contact with any individual who has tested clear for Covid-19, whereas lock Cath O’Donnell is unavailable after sustaining a concussion.

Harriet Millar-Mills will derive her first birth of the twelve months within the 2d row alongside final week’s player of the match Zoe Aldcroft, whereas Vicky Fleetwood replaces Packer within the assist row.

Ellie Kildunne is at fat-aid quite than Sarah McKenna, who starts at inside of centre, whereas Amy Cokayne replaces Lark Davies at hooker.

On the bench, Exeter backs Flo Robinson and Merryn Doidge might perchance fabricate their England debuts, whereas aid row Sarah Beckett is poised to fabricate her return from harm.

“Though we are lacking gamers, or no longer it is testomony to the energy and depth of our squad that we are tranquil ready to call a truly sturdy workforce,” Middleton added.

“We’re chuffed to be pleased this significant sport time in opposition to positive opposition.”

England workforce to face France

England: Kildunne; Breach, Scarratt, McKenna, Dow; Harrison, Riley; Cornborough, Cokayne, Brown, Aldcroft, Millar-Mills, P Cleall, Fleetwood, Hunter (capt).

Replacements: Davies, Botterman, B Cleall, Ward, Beckett, MacDonald, Robinson, Doidge.

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