Red Roses name team to play Italy

Red Roses name team to play Italy

Head coach Simon Middleton has named his England Women’s team to play Italy in their second Pool A Six Nations match this weekend.

The Red Roses visit Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi, Parma (Saturday 10 April, KO 2pm BST and live on BBC iPlayer) looking to build on last week’s 52-10 victory over Scotland in their tournament opener.

Captain Sarah Hunter is in line to earn her 124th cap, her first international action in 13 months following a lengthy injury lay-off.

Alex Matthews and Vicky Fleetwood come in at blind-side flanker and open-side flanker respectively.

Harlequins trio Vickii Cornborough, Amy Cokayne and Shaunagh Brown make up the front row, while Zoe Aldcroft and Cath O’Donnell form the second row.

Helena Rowland and Megan Jones are the starting 10-12 combination while Leanne Riley continues at scrum half. Vice-captain Emily Scarratt retains her place at outside centre.

Update to the latest version of the Ultimate Rugby app here

Wasps backs Ellie Kildunne and Abby Dow return to the starting XV, Jess Breach moves to the right wing after playing left last weekend.

Prop Hannah Botterman could make her first England appearance of the season while Zoe Harrison is also among the finishers.

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