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Rugby - 04. March 2008.

England Women’s team to face Scotland in RBS 6 Nations

 


England Women’s Head Coach Gary Street has made eight changes to the team that defeated France in the RBS 6 Nations for this Saturday’s penultimate match against Scotland at the Meggetland Stadium in Edinburgh, kick-off 12pm.

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Richmond hooker Emma Layland and Saracens full back Vicky Massarella will get their first starts of this season’s Six Nations campaign while Darlington Mowden Park Sharks centre Georgina Roberts will make her international debut. Wasps player Natalie Binstead could also earn her first cap for England if she is called off the bench.

Richmond’s Alice Richardson will also start the game at fly-half with Katy McLean moving to the bench, while Wasps wing Michaela Staniford moves to the left wing in place of Danielle Waterman. Worcester’s Katherine Merchant will now wear the number 14 jersey while Wasps prop Claire Purdy could earn her third cap if she too is called off the bench.

Street said: “I am really pleased to be able to name Claire Purdy, Natalie Binstead and Georgina Roberts in the 22. After a tough game against France A just over a week ago and generally a tough A season so far they have come through these games with flying colours and deserve this chance.

“I am also looking forward to seeing Emma Layland and Vicky Massarella starting for the first time in this season’s RBS 6 Nations. They too have enjoyed a good season so far and deserve a start. It just shows the calibre of this squad and the strength in depth we have to be able to rest Charlotte Barras, Sarah Beale, Jane Leonard and Sophie Hemming, while still have a very strong bench with the likes of Amy Garnett, Danielle Waterman, Claire Allan and Katy McLean ready to come on if we need them.”

As England get ready for their final away game of the championship, the reigning champions are still on track to record an unprecedented third consecutive Grand Slam in Six Nations history after convincing wins over Wales, Italy and France.

England last played Scotland a year ago in the RBS 6 Nations and came away with an impressive ten try, 60-0 victory at Old Albanians RFC. Street, however, says England shouldn’t expect such an easy ride in Edinburgh this time around.

He added: “Last year I think we caught Scotland cold in the opening game of the championship. They are certainly going to be more competitive this year, especially as they are at home and we are going to have to be at our best to keep our winning streak going.

“Scotland had good games against France and Ireland and in both matches were leading at half-time, so we will have to keep them at bay in the first forty minutes as that is where they are going to be strong. I think those games will certainly give Scotland extra confidence as well as the added benefit of playing at home.”

England

1 Rochelle Clark Henley

2 Emma Layland Richmond

3 Katy Storie Blaydon Team Northumbria

4 Tamara Taylor Darlington Mowden Park Sharks

5 Joanna McGilchrist Wasps

6 Sarah Hunter Lichfield

7 Margaret Alphonsi Saracens

8 Catherine Spencer (C) Worcester

9 Amy Turner Richmond

10 Alice Richardson Richmond

11 Michaela Staniford Wasps

12 Rachael Burford Saracens

13 Georgina Roberts Darlington Mowden Park Sharks

14 Katherine Merchant Worcester

15 Victoria Massarella Saracens

Replacements:

16 Amy Garnett Saracens

17 Claire Purdy Wasps

18 Natalie Binstead Wasps

19 Karen Jones Richmond

20 Danielle Waterman Clifton

21 Katy McLean Darlington Mowden Park Sharks

22 Claire Allan Saracens

Head Coach Gary Street

Assistant Coach Graham Smith

England RBS 6 Nations Fixtures

February 2nd England v Wales, London Irish RFC, Sunbury KO 230pm WON 55-0

February 9th Italy v England, Stadio Tre Fontane, Rome, KO 230pm WON 76-6

February 23rd France v England, Bergerac, nr Agen, WON 0-31

March 8th Scotland v England Meggetland Stadium, Edinburgh KO12pm

March 15th England v Ireland, London Irish RFC, Sunbury KO 445pm



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