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Zoe Aldcroft moves to lock for second New Zealand test

Gloucester-Hartpury's Zoe Aldcroft will start in the second row in the second of back-to-back clashes between the first and second ranked sides in the world on Sunday.

Aldcroft played a key role in the Red Roses 43-12 victory over the Black Ferns in front of 9,748 fans at Sandy Park last weekend and will be hoping for a similar result at the cinch Stadium at Franklin’s Gardens on Sunday (7 November, kick-off 2.45pm and live on BBC Two).

England Women Head Coach Steve Middleton said: “We were absolutely delighted with the performance and the result last week. We were really proud of the players and it was a privilege to be part of such a special occasion at Sandy Park.

“We know this weekend is another huge game but it’s one we’ve prepared well for in Northampton and it’s that preparation that gives us the confidence and belief that we can perform not only to the same level but hopefully even higher this weekend. 

“We’re looking forward to seeing how Zoe (Aldcroft) and Abbie (Ward) fair as it’s a new lock pairing."

England Women team to play New Zealand
 
15 Ellie Kildunne (Harlequins, 16 caps)
14 Lydia Thompson (Worcester Warriors, 48 caps)
13 Holly Aitchison (Saracens, 1 cap)
12 Helena Rowland (Loughborough Lightning, 7 caps)
11 Abby Dow (Wasps, 19 caps)
10 Zoe Harrison (Saracens, 31 caps)
9 Leanne Infante (VC; Bristol Bears, 45 caps)

1 Vickii Cornborough (Harlequins, 61 caps)
2 Amy Cokayne (Harlequins, 58 caps)
3 Sarah Bern (Bristol Bears, 37 caps)
4 Zoe Aldcroft (Gloucester-Hartpury, 25 caps)
5 Abbie Ward (Bristol Bears, 48 caps)
6 Alex Matthews (Worcester Warriors, 42 caps)
7 Marlie Packer (Saracens, 77 caps)
8 Poppy Cleall (C; Saracens, 48 caps)

Finishers
16 Lark Davies (Loughborough Lightning, 32 caps)
17 Hannah Botterman (Saracens, 23 caps)
18 Maud Muir (Wasps, 1 cap)
19 Harriet Millar-Mills (Wasps, 63 caps)
20 Sarah Hunter (Loughborough Lightning, 127 caps)
21 Claudia MacDonald (Wasps, 16 caps)
22 Lagi Tuima (Harlequins, 9 caps)
23 Sarah McKenna (Saracens, 37 caps)

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