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Rugby - 16. March 2011.

England Women's team announced for Six Nations decider

England Women’s Head Coach Gary Street has made two changes for
Friday’s RBS 6 Nations clash against Ireland, which sees England
bidding for a sixth successive crown and a Grand Slam at Ashbourne RFC, kick
off 730pm.

Richmond hooker Emma Croker and Saracens’ Margaret Alphonsi have been
called back into the starting line-up. Croker is given her second start of
the tournament, while Alphonsi returns as Street once again juggles his
competitive backrow line-up.

After England’s record breaking 89-0 demolition of Scotland on Sunday
at Twickenham Stadium England are now in pole position in the championship
as the only unbeaten side.

“As usual we have named a strong side for what we think will be our
toughest game of the tournament,” said Street, whose side have
conceded just eight points throughout the tournament. “Emma has shown
great energy and has made a real impact when she has come on so she deserves
the start, and our backrow is as competitive as ever. It was a tough call
but this balance worked well against France, whilst I know Catherine will be
chomping at the bit to come off the bench.”

England last played Ireland in the opening game of the 2010 Women’s
Rugby World Cup and despite a 27-0 victory it was a tough and physical
fixture for the Rugby World Cup finalists.

“You can never underestimate Ireland,” added Street.
“They have had a mixed season but they are playing at home so we know
this is going to be a really passionate encounter. Ireland proved to be our
most physical game in the world cup last year and I am sure this will be our
toughest game of the Six Nations. Obviously the Six Nations title is in our
minds, but what we have to concentrate on is building on our performances
and to keep moving forward.”

England

15        Emily
Scarratt          (Lichfield)

14        Katherine
     Merchant      
(Worcester)

13       
Rachael        
Burford          
(Richmond)

12       
Kimberley      Oliver  (Bristol)

11       
Francesca    
Matthews       (Richmond)

 10       Katy    McLean
(C)   (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks)

9          La Toya
        
Mason           
(Wasps)

1         
Rochelle        Clark  
(Worcester)

2          Emma
          
Croker           
(Richmond)

3         
Sophie          
Hemming      (Bristol)

4         
Rebecca        Essex(Richmond)

5         
Joanna         
McGilchrist    (Wasps)

6         
Heather         
Fisher(Worcester)

7         
Margaret        Alphonsi
(vc)           
(Saracens)

8         
SarahHunter           
(Lichfield)

Replacements:

16        Amy   
Garnett          
(Saracens)

17        ClairePurdy(Wasps)

18       
Rowena        
Burnfield       (Richmond)

19        Catherine
    
Spencer         (Bristol)

20       
Georgina      
Rozario          (Lichfield)

21       
Georgina      
Roberts          (Darlington
Mowden Park Sharks)

22       
Danielle        
Waterman     (Worcester)
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