England Head Coach Gary Street, in his first international in charge, has named a starting XV that includes an impressive 241 caps. Worcester No. 8 Catherine Spencer will also be starting her first game as captain.
Street said: “This is a fairly experienced side. All of the starting XV are capped and although some of them only got their first caps last season nearly all of them have worked their way up through the RFUW player pathway system, running out for the Academy, England Under 19s, England A and now the seniors.
“This fixture is a great chance for us to see how the squads have developed over the summer months in pre-season training and from the hard work we have been doing over the autumn. Now all the players are chomping at the bit and can’t wait to get back on the pitch for the first time since winning the RBS 6 Nations in March.”
England last met the USA in a tough opening IRB Rugby World Cup pool match in Canada 14 months ago. Then they overcame a physical and hard-hitting outfit 18-0, but it took until the 51st minute for England to get into their stride.
Street added: “The US are always a very physical side. They are also clearly taking their rugby very seriously, which is underpinned by their commitment to come to England this month and contest a three test tour.
“There’s no doubt we’ll have to play very well against them. They have got some very experienced players who are supremely athletic and who’ll be looking to ensure they will be serious contenders for the 2010 IRB Rugby World Cup.
“They certainly caused us problems just over a year ago and I am expecting more of the same on the 15th, but this is a new period for the England rugby team. With a new management team, a fresh looking squad and a new captain and vice captain we are also looking to set the standard early on.”
Plymouth Albion’s Georgina Rozario and Wasps and Army player Jane Leonard could be set to make their England debuts on the 15th if they come off the bench.
1 Rochelle Clark (Henley)
2 Amy Garnett (Saracens)
3 Katy Storie (Blaydon)
4 Tamara Taylor (Darlington Mowden Park)
5 Joanna McGilchrist (Wasps)
6 Sarah Hunter (Lichfield)
7 Margaret Alphonsi (Saracens)
8 Catherine Spencer (Worcester) (C)
9 Amy Turner (Richmond)
10 Katy McLean (Darlington Mowden Park)
11 Amber Penrith (Cardiff Quins)
12 Rachael Burford (Saracens) (VC)
13 Claire Allan (Saracens)
14 Danielle Watermen (Clifton)
15 Charlotte Barras (Saracens)
16 Emma Layland (Richmond)
17 Sophie Hemming (Clifton)
18 Sarah Beale (Leodiensians)
*19 Jane Leonard (Wasps/Army)
*20 Georgina Rozario (Plymouth Albion)
21 Alice Richardson (Richmond)
22 Michaela Staniford (Wasps)
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