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Rugby - 18. November 2009.

England Women name team for Investec Challenge Double Header against New Zealand

 
 
England Women have today (Wednesday) named their starting line-up for Saturday's Investec Challenge Double Header against world champions New Zealand, kick-off 445pm at Twickenham Stadium.
Richmond's Rachael Burford starts for England
England Women have today (Wednesday) named their starting line-up for Saturday's Investec Challenge Double Header against world champions New Zealand, kick-off 445pm at Twickenham Stadium.

England Head Coach Gary Street has brought in Richmond centre Rachael Burford to the starting line-up with Lichfield's Emily Scarratt moving to full back. Saracens' Charlotte Barras also moves to the wing.

RBS 6 Nations champions England head into the match looking to avenge their 16-3 defeat to the Black Ferns last Saturday, and secure an all important win against the world champions just nine months before the Rugby World Cup kicks-off in London.

Street said: "We have made some changes to freshen up our midfield, and bring something new to the table for this final clash against New Zealand. We learned some important lessons last week, and we know we need to be more disciplined and more effective in everything we do this Saturday. If we do that then we know we have the potential to win this game.

"Playing at Twickenham stadium is a massive opportunity for us to show how good this side is, and how skilful women's rugby is. Certainly being at home for this crucial match is going to give us that extra five percent on the pitch. We are relishing this opportunity."

England are without six first choice players for the autumn series with Team Northumbria's Rochelle Clark (hand) and Katy Storie (back), Lichfield's Sarah Hunter (arm) and Sarah Beale (back), Worcester's Karen Jones (knee) and Danielle Waterman (acl) all sidelined with injuries.

Entry to the stadium is free at 415pm.

England Team

15 Emily Scarratt Lichfield
14 Katherine Merchant Worcester
13 Claire Allan Richmond
12 Rachael Burford Richmond
11 Charlotte Barras Saracens
10 Katy Mclean (VC) Darlington Mowden Park Sharks
9 Amy Turner Richmond
1 Claire Purdy Wasps
2 Amy Garnett Saracens
3 Sophie Hemming Bristol
4 Rebecca Essex Richmond
5 Joanna McGilchrist Wasps
6 Heather Fisher Worcester
7 Margaret Alphonsi Saracens
8 Catherine Spencer (C) Bristol
Replacements:
16 Sam Reeve Worcester
17 Rosemarie Crowley Lichfield
18 Tamara Taylor Darlington Mowden Park Sharks
19 Jane Leonard Team Northumbria / Army
20 Georgina Rozario Bristol
21 Alice Richardson Richmond
22 Fiona Pocock Richmond
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