Red Roses head coach Simon Middleton has named his starting XV ahead of England’s final game of the 2018 Six Nations against Ireland this evening at Ricoh Arena (KO 5:30pm)
England require a bonus-point win in Coventry and will rely upon rivals Wales beating France, Middleton’s side are reliant on Les Bleus not securing a bonus-point if they are defeated in Wales.
France head to Wales on Friday night looking for a Grand Slam that would wrap up the Women’s Six Nations title and a glorious campaign for Les Bleus.
Middleton has made four changes to the starting lineup that were defeated by France 18-17 in Stade des Alpes on Saturday night.
Wing Kelly Smith, scrum-half Caity Mattinson, Lagi Tuima and Poppy Cleall all come in as reinforcements as England look to react to their latest defeat.
Simon Middleton told England Rugby: “We fully expect the game against Ireland to be a tough, yet exciting encounter, they are a dangerous side, who will be looking to bounce back after their defeat by Scotland last week,” said Middleton.
“We are really looking forward to playing them at the Ricoh on Friday night in front of a bumper crowd.
“We have made changes across the starting 15, with new combinations in the forwards and the backs. We have depth in the EPS squad and are confident that the players coming in will relish the opportunity to showcase their talents in the Six Nations, one of the flagship competitions in the women’s game.
“We are determined to come away with the win on Friday night.”
England Women 2018 Six Nations Record:
Italy 7-42 England
England 52-0 Wales
Scotland 8-43 England
France 18-17 England
England v Ireland
England Women match-day 23 v Ireland, Six Nations 2018
15. Ellie Kildunne (Gloucester-Hartpury, 7 caps), 14. Kelly Smith (Gloucester-Hartpury, 1 cap), 13. Lagi Tuima (Bristol Ladies, 4 caps), 12. Rachael Burford (Harlequins Ladies, 78 caps), 11. Danielle Waterman (Wasps FC Ladies, 81 caps), 10. Katy Daley-Mclean (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks, 98 caps), 9. Caity Mattinson (Bristol Ladies, 6 caps); 1. Vickii Cornborough (Harlequins Ladies, 38 caps), 2. Amy Cokayne (Wasps FC Ladies, 40 caps), 3. Sarah Bern (Gloucester Hartpury, 19 caps), 4. Abbie Scott (Harlequins Ladies, 28 caps), 5. Poppy Cleall (Saracens Women, 21 caps), 6. Rowena Burnfield (Richmond F.C, 46 caps), 7. Marlie Packer (Saracens Women, 58 caps), 8. Sarah Hunter (Loughborough Lightning, 104 caps).
16. Lark Davies (Worcester Valkyries, 9 caps), 17. Rochelle Clark (Wasps FC Ladies, 136 caps), 18. Justine Lucas (Wasps FC Ladies, 32 caps), 19. Cath O’Donnell (Loughborough Lightning, 3 caps), 20. Shaunagh Brown (Harlequins Ladies, 1 cap), 21. Leanne Riley (Harlequins Ladies, 20 caps), 22. Zoe Harrison (Saracens Women, 4 caps), 23. Amber Reed (Bristol Ladies, 48 caps)