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Amber Reed and Sarah Bern have been in included in England Women’s matchday squad to take on France in their Six Nations opener.

England arrived in France yesterday and take on Les Bleus at Stade du Hameau, Pau on Sunday, February 2nd live on Sky Sports Mix.

The two teams met in back-to-back matches during November’s autumn internationals, with the Red Roses coming out on top in Clermont-Ferrand (10-20) and on home soil (17-15), where Lydia Thompson’s last-gasp try sealed victory at Exeter’s Sandy Park.

Simon Middleton said: “We are all looking forward to another meeting with France. As you saw in the autumn and in all of our most recent contests, games between the two sides are always tight, cagey affairs and we don’t expect this one to be any different.

“France are an intelligent side with an excellent team and coaching set-up. It’s important that we focus on our game and it’s a huge opportunity for a number of our starting players to show what they can do.”

England Women squad in full:

15. Sarah McKenna, 14. Abby Dow, 13. Emily Scarratt, 12. Zoe Harrison, 11. Jess Breach, 10. Katy Daley-McLean, 9. Natasha Hunt; 1. Hannah Botterman, 2. Amy Cokayne, 3. Shaunagh Brown, 4. Poppy Cleall, 5. Zoe Aldcroft, 6. Sarah Beckett, 7. Vicky Fleetwood, 8. Sarah Hunter (C)

Replacements:

16. Lark Davies, 17. Vickii Cornborough, 18. Sarah Bern, 19. Harriet Millar-Mills, 20. Amelia Harper, 21. Leanne Riley, 22. Amber Reed, 23. Emily Scott


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