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Bern to start for England in Six Nations finale

Sarah Bern has been named in the England Women’s starting XV for Saturday’s clash with Scotland Women at Twickenham (live on Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Action and Sky Sports Mix).

The tighthead has had an outstanding tournament for the Red Roses and retains her spot amid five changes from head coach Simon Middleton, as England prepare for the final round this weekend.

“We’re excited for Vicky Fleetwood who has earned the opportunity to make her first start this weekend and it’s great to have Amy Cokayne back in the side after she missed out last weekend,” said Middleton.

“Natasha Hunt and Leanne Riley both performed extremely well against Italy and this weekend will be great opportunity to provide Natasha with more XVs game-time. We’re very fortunate that we have two in-form players in that position and we’re comfortable starting and finishing either of them.

“Cath O’Donnell has been outstanding for us this tournament; the consistency of her performances has been exceptional. She’s played a lot of minutes over the last four rounds which is why we have named her on the bench for this fixture.

“I’m really pleased with how we’ve progressed throughout this competition and the results so far have been a reflection of the hard work that’s gone on off the field.

“I want to see us perform at a higher level for an extended period against Scotland – if we deliver this then I’m sure we’ll get the result that we want.

“Scotland will be ultra-competitive this weekend. They’re a hard-working side and will be looking to finish their tournament on a high.”