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Hunter set for 124th England cap in opposition to Italy – NEWPAPER24




Hunter set for 124th England cap in opposition to Italy

2021-04-08 20:00:10

England captain Sarah Hunter is about earn her 124th cap when the Purple Roses face Italy within the girls’s Six Nations on Saturday, the sport will mark her first worldwide match in 13 months.

Hunter comes again in at No. 8 following a prolonged harm layoff that additionally noticed her miss final weekend’s 52-10 win over Scotland.

Her return is considered one of a number of adjustments made by head coach Simon Middleton to the group that began at Fort Park on the opening weekend, with Alex Matthews and Vicky Fleetwood coming in at blindside flanker and openside flanker respectively.

Harlequins trio Vickii Cornborough, Amy Cokayne and Shaunagh Brown make up the entrance row, whereas Zoe Aldcroft and Cath O’Donnell kind the second row.

Wasps backs Ellie Kildunne and Abby Dow return to the beginning lineup, whereas prop Hannah Botterman may make her first England look of the season off the bench.

“This sport in Italy additionally provides us a possibility to have a look at another mixtures and we have determined to rotate the squad,” Middleton stated in a press release.

“We’re delighted to have Sarah Hunter again within the group. She loves enjoying for her nation and has labored so onerous to get again enjoying.”

The postponed event is being performed in a condensed format with two swimming pools of three groups every, with the pool toppers enjoying one another within the ultimate.

England will qualify for the ultimate with victory in Parma.

“The largest of video games are typically determined within the latter levels so the depth of the squad and the impression of the finishers is more likely to be the deciding issue,” Middleton stated.

“That is their position, to get the job completed in type and that is what we’ll count on to see on Saturday.”

England Beginning XV

Ellie Kildunne, Jess Breach, Emily Scarratt, Megan Jones, Abby Dow, Helena Rowland, Leanne Riley, Vickii Cornborough, Amy Cokayne, Shaunagh Brown, Zoe Aldcroft, Cath O’Donnell, Alex Matthew, Vicky Fleetwood, Sarah Hunter (captain).


Lark Davies, Hannah Botterman, Bryony Cleall, Harriet Millar-Mills, Poppy Cleall, Claudia MacDonald, Zoe Harrison, Sarah McKenna.