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Rugby - 25. January 2011.

England Women’s team named for RBS 6 Nations opener



Darlington Mowden Park fly-half Katy McLean will skipper England as they
bid to win a sixth consecutive Six Nations title this season and defend
their grand slam crown.

England Head Coach Gary Street has named a strong 22 that includes 17
players who featured in last September’s Rugby World Cup (RWC) final
defeat against New Zealand.   Michaela Staniford, who was also in
the RWC squad, Kim Oliver, Rowena Burnfield, Georgina Rozario and Georgina
Roberts meanwhile share an impressive 88 caps between them.

“We have worked really hard since the disappointment of losing the
world cup,” said Street, who is joined by assistant coach Graham Smith
again this season. “We are fortunate that we haven’t had many
retirements since the world cup and that this is still a relatively young
squad, so we are now just looking forward to getting back on the pitch and
playing again. Our aim is to raise our standards, and to focus 100 percent
on this first game.”

Wales finished ninth in the RWC, but England’s last visit to Wales in
the RBS 6 Nations two years ago saw the Red Roses lose by a single point.
Street is determined that England do not slip up on the road again, though
he is expecting their Welsh rivals to offer a new challenge this season.

He added: “The last time we played Wales in Wales we lost 16-15, so
yes there is huge motivation for us here. We got turned over last time and
we don’t want that to happen again.

“Wales, however, have a new coach in Kris da Scossa. Kris is very
experienced, having previously worked for the Canadian national side, and I
am sure for his players having a new coach will create extra motivation.
This is a new start for them so we won’t know what to expect. 

“For us too, this is a new start with a new captain and vice captain
and we are all looking forward to getting back on the pitch and starting the
healing process. There is huge anticipation for this game and the season
ahead and my selection for this opener shows that I plan to make sure we do
the job.”

 

England

15       
Danielle        
Waterman     Worcester

14        Katherine
     Merchant      
Worcester

13        Emily 
Scarratt          Lichfield

12       
Kimberley      Oliver  Bristol

11       
Michaela       
Staniford        Wasps

10        Katy   
McLean          Darlington
Mowden Park Sharks (C)

9          La Toya
        
Mason           
Wasps

1         
Rochelle        Clark  
Worcester

2         
Amy   
Garnett           Saracens

3         
Sophie          
Hemming      Bristol

4         
Joanna         
McGilchrist    Wasps

5         
Rebecca        EssexRichmond

6         
SarahHunter           
Lichfield

7         
Margaret       
Alphonsi        Saracens

8          Catherine
    
Spencer         Bristol

Replacements:                                

16        Emma
          
Croker           
Richmond

17        ClairePurdyWasps

18       
Rowena        
Burnfield       Richmond

19       
Heather         
FisherWorcester

20       
Georgina      
Rozario          Lichfield

21       
Rachael        
Burford           Richmond

22       
Georgina      
Roberts          Darlington
Mowden Park Sharks

England’s RBS 6 Nations Fixtures

Wales v England     Feb 6
            
Cross Keys
RFC                 
KO 230pm

England v Italy         Feb
12            Esher
RFC                           
KO 430pm

*England v France Feb
27           
Worcester
RFC                    
KO 105pm

** England v Scotland         March
13       Twickenham
Stadium         KO 515pm

Ireland v England    March
18       Ashbourne
RFC                 
KO 730pm

* Live on Sky Sports

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