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Rugby: England Women’s team announced to take on France

November 2, 2011

A young new looking England side has been announced for the first of two fixtures against France this week, with five uncapped players getting a start on Wednesday at the Jean Bouin Stadium in Marseille.

millar mills england rugbyEngland Women’s Head Coach Gary Street will be giving the youngsters their first taste of England senior international rugby with Harriet Millar-Mills, Alexandra Matthews, Hannah Gallagher, Lydia Thompson and Ceri Large all getting the chance to stake their claim for a place in Saturday’s full international test match against France.

Street said: “This game provides us with the opportunity to try out several of our new Elite Squad members who have yet to be capped by England, mixed in with some more experienced heads. All our young players have great ball handling skills so it will be interesting to see how they react stepping up to this new level in France.

In this uncapped game, Lichfield’s Millar-Mills moves into the second-row from Number 8 where she has captained the England Under 20s whilst Matthews and Gallagher team up to form an exciting new backrow partnership with Sarah Hunter who will captain the side.

Richmond’s Amy Turner also returns to international action for the first time since the Rugby World Cup final in September 2010, but playing at hooker rather than scrum half where she has previously won 51 caps for England.

“It’s going to be really exciting to see Amy starting at hooker,” added Street. “She has worked really hard in changing positions. She is going to offer us something completely different to what we have had in this position before so I think it will certainly be interesting to see how she develops.”

England Women Autumn International Series

15 Kay Wilson (Bristol)

14 Michaela Staniford (Wasps)

13 Georgina Roberts (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks)

12 Kimberley Oliver (Bristol)

11 Lydia Thompson (Worcester)

10 Ceri Large (Worcester)

9 Natasha Hunt (Lichfield)

1 Rochelle Clark (Worcester)

2 Amy Turner (Richmond)

3 Rosemarie Crowley (Lichfield)

4 Harriet Millar-Mills (Lichfield)

5 Rowena Burnfield (Richmond)

6 Alexandra Matthews (Richmond)

7 Hannah Gallagher (Saracens)

8 SarahHunter (Lichfield)

Replacements:

16 Victoria Fleetwood (Lichfield)

17 Laura Keates (Worcester)

18 Tamara Taylor(Darlington Mowden Park Sharks)

19 IsobelNoel-Smith (Bristol)

20 Rose Jay (Lichfield)

21 Sarah McKenna (Wasps)

22 Katherine Merchant (Worcester)

Robyn Rashford, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine

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