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Sarah Bern named to start Red Roses' Six Nations opener

Bristol Bears Women prop Sarah Bern has been named at tight-head by Simon Middleton for the Red Roses’ Six Nations opener against Ireland on Friday, February 1st (5pm). 

Simon Middleton has confirmed his match-day 23 for England Women’s opening Six Nations clash against Ireland.

The Red Roses get the 2019 Six Nations campaign underway on Friday, February 1st at Energia Park, Donnybrook, KO 5pm, live on Sky Sports Mix

Bern who was a member of the 2017 World Cup final squad will make her first international appearance since the 2018 Six Nations.

Middleton said: “We are looking forward to getting our Six Nations campaign underway and implementing some of the things we have been working on since the Quilter Internationals.

“It is great to have a number of players back in the squad from the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup, as well those newer names who have impressed through the season so far.

“We know that conditions are likely to be testing in Dublin on Friday but we are looking forward to returning to Donnybrook, a ground we know well, having lifted the Six Nations Grand Slam there in 2017. Whatever the conditions, we will be focussed on the task in hand.”

England and Ireland last came together at Twickenham Stadium in the 2018 Quilter Internationals, with the Red Roses winning 37-15.

England Women squad in full to face Ireland Women on Friday, February 1st (5pm KO): 

15. Sarah McKenna (Saracens Women, 17 caps), 14. Jess Breach (Harlequins Ladies, 2 caps), 13. Emily Scarratt (Loughborough Lightning, 74 caps), 12. Tatyana Heard (Gloucester-Hartpury, 2 caps), 11. Kelly Smith (Gloucester-Hartpury, 5 caps), 10. Katy Daley-Mclean (Loughborough Lightning, 102 caps), 9. Leanne Riley (Harlequins Ladies, 24 caps); 1. Hannah Botterman (Saracens Women, 5 caps), 2. Lark Davies (Worcester Valkyries, 13 caps), 3. Sarah Bern (Bristol Bears Women, 20 caps), 4. Catherine O’Donnell (Loughborough Lightning, 7 caps), 5. Poppy Cleall (Saracens Women, 24 caps), 6. Sarah Beckett (Firwood Waterloo, 1 cap), 7. Marlie Packer (Saracens Women, 61 caps), 8. Sarah Hunter (Loughborough Lightning, 108 caps).

Replacements: 16. Amy Cokayne (Wasps FC Ladies, 41 caps), 17. Bryony Cleall (Saracens Women, uncapped), 18. Shaunagh Brown (Harlequins Ladies, 5 caps), 19. Rosie Galligan (Saracens Women, uncapped), 20. Rowena Burnfield (Richmond Ladies, 47 caps), 21. Natasha Hunt (Gloucester-Hartpury, 41 caps), 22. Zoe Harrison (Saracens Women, 8 caps), 23. Emily Scott (Harlequins Ladies, 23 caps).


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