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Bears Women duo to start for Red Roses

Sarah Bern and Amber Reed have been named in the Red Roses’ starting fifteen to take on France in the Women’s Super Series.

Simon Middleton’s side will be looking to make it three wins from three when they face France in San Diego on Wednesday. 

The Red Roses come into the fixture with good form after a commanding 38-5 victory in the opening round and a hard fought 19-17 comeback win against Canada on Saturday. 

The last time England and France met was in the 2019 Women’s Six Nations as when the Red Roses secured a bonus-point 41-26 victory at Castle Park in Doncaster,  on their way to completing a Grand Slam.

"Saturday’s win against an outstanding Canadian side was huge for us in terms of the growth of this squad of players,” said Middleton.

“It was a game we were second best in for long periods but hung in, found a way to nudge ourselves in front and then showed great composure and game management to close out the game. That side was incredible young and inexperienced as a group and we were massively proud of the character they showed.

“For France we have looked to bring in some of our more experienced, and senior, players as France are coming off the back of a great win against New Zealand and will be full of confidence. We know only too well that on their day they can be one of the toughest team in world rugby to play against and that’s the type of performance we will be expecting.”

England Women team in full to face France: 

15. Sarah McKenna, 14. Lydia Thompson, 13. Emily Scarratt, 12. Amber Reed, 11. Kelly Smith, 10. Zoe Harrison, 9. Leanne Riley; 1. Vickii Cornborough, 2. Heather Kerr, 3. Sarah Bern, 4. Catherine O’Donnell, 5. Abbie Scott, 6. Poppy Cleall, 7. Marlie Packer, 8. Sarah Hunter (capt) 

Replacements: 16. Lark Davies, 17. Ellena Perry, 18. Hannah Botterman, 19. Zoe Aldcroft, 20. Sarah Beckett, 21. Claudia Macdonald, 22. Emily Scott, 23. Millie Wood

England’s Super Series 2019 fixtures:

England 38-5 USA

England 19-17 Canada

England v France - Wednesday 10 July (Sky Sports Action, Mix and Main Event – KO 14:00 PDT/22:00 BST)

England v New Zealand - Sunday 14 July (Sky Sports Action and Main Event – KO 13:00 PDT/21:00 BST)


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