England women make four changes for Six Nations finale against Ireland

Latest news

    England’s women are ranked second in the world
    2018 Women’s Six Nations: England v Ireland
    Venue: Ricoh Arena Date: Friday 16 March Kick-off: 17:30 GMT
    Coverage: BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    England women’s head coach Simon Middleton has made four changes to his starting XV for the final Six Nations match against Ireland on Friday.

    Wing Kelly Smith gets her first start, as does Caity Mattinson in place of Leanne Riley at scrum-half. Lagi Tuima and Rowena Burnfield also come in.

    England were defeated 18-17 by France in Stade des Alpes on Saturday night.

    England have to beat Ireland and hope leaders France lose against Wales if they are to retain the title.

    Last-gasp try gives France win over England

    “We fully expect the game against Ireland to be a tough yet exciting encounter,” Middleton said. “They are a dangerous side who will be looking to bounce back after their defeat by Scotland last week.”

    “We have made changes across the starting 15, with new combinations in the forwards and the backs. The players coming in will relish the opportunity to showcase their talents in the Six Nations.

    “We are determined to come away with the win on Friday night.”

    Wasps winger Abigail Dow was unavailable for selection after being ruled out with concussion on Saturday night.

    The Red Roses last faced Ireland in the 2017 Six Nations at Donnybrook Stadium, where they secured a 34-7 win.

    England: Kildunne, Smith, Tuima, Burford, Waterman, Daley-Mclean, Mattinson; Cornborough, Cokayne, Sarah Bern, Scott, Cleall, Burnfield, Packer, Hunter

    Replacements: Davies, Clark, Lucas, O’Donnell, Brown, Riley, Harrison, Reed

    View the original article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/43401646

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/43401646

    In the same category are

    Mumford & Sons ‘grapple with manhood’ Image copyright Marcus Haney Image caption Marcus Mumford: "I've been closer to death in the last year than I've ever been." It's crunch time in C...
    Willian’s strike helps Chelsea beat PAOK Willian opened the scoring with his 10th European goal for Chelsea - and his 46th in all competitionsWillian's early goal proved enough to beat PAOK ...
    Europa League: Villarreal 2-2 Rangers – Kyle Lafferty gives Gerrard’s side a draw Kyle Lafferty scored Rangers' second goal in VillarrealRangers twice came from behind to earn a stunning draw with La Liga side Villarreal in their o...
    Evans Cycles seeks new owner amid cash crunch Image copyright Evans Cycles Image caption Evans Cycles has 60 stores across the UK Evans Cycles has put itself up for sale as it seeks fresh fund...
    Meghan Markle and Doria Ragland at Grenfell cookbook launch Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Meghan Markle's mother Doria Ragland said she was "head over heels" with pride Meghan Markle has launch...
    Internet regulator considered for UK Image copyright Getty Images The UK government is considering "all options", including a regulator, as part of new legislation governing the interne...

    Leave a comment

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.