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Aldcroft to start for England Women against France on Saturday

Aldcroft to start for England Women against France on Saturday
Head coach Simon Middleton has announced his England Women team to play France this weekend. Gloucester-Hartpury’s Zoe Aldcroft will start in the second row with Mo Hunt and El Perry named amongst the replacements.

Sarah Hunter will lead the side while World Rugby Player of the Year Emily Scarratt has been named as vice-captain.

The Red Roses take on Les Bleues at Stade Marcel Michelin, Clermont (Saturday 9 November, KO 1310 GMT, live on Sky Sports Mix and Arena).

Wasps FC Ladies' Abby Dow, who was on the scoresheet in England’s last visit to France in the 2018 Six Nations, takes her place on the wing.

Middleton said: “We’ve decided to name Emily Scarratt as vice-captain for this game and moving forwards.

“We’re really looking forward to Saturday’s match and what we know will be a tough test but a challenge we’ll relish."


15 Sarah McKenna (Saracens Women – 25 caps)

14 Abby Dow (Wasps FC Ladies – 6 caps)

13 Emily Scarratt (VC) (Loughborough Lightning – 82 caps)

12 Zoe Harrison (Saracens Women – 17 caps)

11 Jess Breach (Harlequins Women – 7 caps)

10 Katy Daley-McLean (Loughborough Lightning – 107 caps)

9 Leanne Riley (Harlequins Women – 31 caps)

1 Hannah Botterman (Saracens Women – 14 caps)

2 Lark Davies (Loughborough Lightning – 21 caps)

3 Sarah Bern (Bristol Bears Women – 28 caps)

4 Zoe Aldcroft (Gloucester-Hartpury Women – 13 caps)

5 Abbie Scott  (Harlequins Women – 40 caps)

6 Sarah Beckett (Harlequins Women – 10 caps)

7 Marlie Packer (Saracens Women – 68 caps)

8 Sarah Hunter (C) (Loughborough Lightning – 116 caps)


16 Heather Kerr (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks – 19 caps)

17 Ellena Perry (Gloucester-Hartpury Women – 7 caps)

18 Shaunagh Brown (Harlequins Women – 10 caps)

19 Poppy Cleall (Saracens Women – 33 caps)

20 Vicky Fleetwood (Saracens Women – 69 caps)

21 Natasha Hunt (Gloucester-Hartpury Women – 47 caps)

22 Emily Scott (Harlequins Women – 32 caps)
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