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Will Carpenter

Will Carpenter writes

Posted Wednesday, March 14th 2018

Mattinson set for first international start as Red Roses target big response

Caity Mattinson will make her first international start after being named at scrum-half for the Red Roses' final game of the 2018 Six Nations Test against Ireland on Friday 16 March at Ricoh Arena, Coventry (KO 5:30pm, live on Sky Sports Action and Sky Sports Mix).

Lagi Tuima starts at outside centre and Amber Reed is included among the replacements as   head coach Simon Middleton makes four changes to the starting XV that were defeated by France 17-18 in Stade des Alpes on Saturday night.

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

"We are really looking forward to playing them at the Ricoh on Friday night in front of a bumper crowd.

“We have made changes across the starting 15, with new combinations in the forwards and the backs. We have depth in the EPS squad and are confident that the players coming in will relish the opportunity to showcase their talents in the Six Nations, one of the flagship competitions in the women’s game.

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

England Women match-day 23 v Ireland, Six Nations 2018: 15. Ellie Kildunne (Gloucester-Hartpury, 7 caps), 14. Kelly Smith (Gloucester-Hartpury, 1 cap), 13. Lagi Tuima (Bristol Ladies, 4 caps), 12. Rachael Burford (Harlequins Ladies, 78 caps), 11. Danielle Waterman (Wasps FC Ladies, 81 caps), 10. Katy Daley-Mclean (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks, 98 caps), 9. Caity Mattinson (Bristol Ladies, 6 caps); 1. Vickii Cornborough (Harlequins Ladies, 38 caps), 2. Amy Cokayne (Wasps FC Ladies, 40 caps), 3. Sarah Bern (Gloucester Hartpury, 19 caps), 4. Abbie Scott (Harlequins Ladies, 28 caps), 5. Poppy Cleall (Saracens Women, 21 caps), 6. Rowena Burnfield (Richmond F.C, 46 caps), 7. Marlie Packer (Saracens Women, 58 caps), 8. Sarah Hunter (Loughborough Lightning, 104 caps).
Replacements: 16. Lark Davies (Worcester Valkyries, 9 caps), 17. Rochelle Clark (Wasps FC Ladies, 136 caps), 18. Justine Lucas (Wasps FC Ladies, 32 caps), 19. Cath O’Donnell (Loughborough Lightning, 3 caps), 20. Shaunagh Brown (Harlequins Ladies, 1 cap), 21. Leanne Riley (Harlequins Ladies, 20 caps), 22. Zoe Harrison (Saracens Women, 4 caps), 23. Amber Reed (Bristol Ladies,  48 caps)