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Tuima returns as Bristol Ladies trio set for Wales Six Nations test

Lagi Tuima has recovered from an ankle injury to take her place in England Women’s match day 23 - alongside club teammates, Izzy Noel-Smith and Caity Mattinson – for the Red Roses' Six Nations Test against Wales at Twickenham Stoop on Saturday 10 February (KO 12:15pm, live Sky Sports Action and Sky Sports Mix).

Tuima missed last weekend’s tournament opener against Italy, but returns to Simon Middleton’s squad for this weekend’s clash. Amber Reed remains sidelined with an ankle injury.

 “We are expecting a physical encounter against Wales," said head coach, Simon Middleton.

"They play an aggressive brand of defence so there will be a lot of pressure on us when we have the ball.

“They also have a strong and well organised set piece, which we saw last week when they played Scotland, this will be a key area of the game. We have kept a good balance of consistency in selection in the forwards while still exploring different combinations out in the backs.

“As a squad we are really looking forward to returning to the Stoop on Saturday and playing our first home game of the tournament.”

England secured a 63-0 win over Wales the last time they met in the 2017 Six Nations at Cardiff Arms Park.

Caity Mattinson (JMP UK).
Izzy Noel-Smith (JMP UK).

England Women: 15. Danielle Waterman (Wasps FC Ladies, 78 caps), 14. Abigail Dow (Wasps FC Ladies, 3 caps), 13. Ellie Kildunne (Gloucester- Hartpury Women, 4 caps), 12. Rachael Burford (Harlequins Ladies, 76 caps), 11. Charlotte Pearce (Loughborough Lightning, 1 cap), 10. Katy Daley-Mclean (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks, 95 caps), 9. Leanne Riley (Harlequins Ladies, 17 caps); Rochelle Clark (Wasps FC Ladies, 133 caps), 2. Amy Cokayne ( Wasps FC Ladies, 37 caps), 3. Sarah Bern (Gloucester Hartpury, 16 caps), 4. Abbie Scott (Harlequins Ladies, 25 caps), 5. Tamara Taylor (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks, 112 caps), 6. Poppy Cleall (Saracens Women, 18 caps), 7. Marlie Packer (Saracens Women, 55 caps), 8. Sarah Hunter © (Loughborough Lightning, 102 caps)
Replacements: 16. Lark Davis (Worcester Valkyries, 8 caps), 17. Vicky Cornborough (Harlequins Ladies, 35 caps), 18. Justine Lucas (Wasps FC Ladies, 29 caps), 19. Rowena Burnfield (Richmond FC, 43 caps), 20. Izzy Noel-Smith (Bristol Ladies, 39 caps), 21. Caity Mattinson (Bristol Ladies, 4 caps), 22. Zoe Harrison (Saracens Women, 4 caps), 23. Lagi Tuima (Bristol Ladies, 2 caps.

England Women Six Nations 2018 fixtures:

Italy v England - Sunday 4 February, KO 17:30 GMT, Live Sky Sports Action and Sky Sports Mix, Stadio Mirabello, Reggio Emilia

England v Wales - Saturday 10 February, KO 12:30 GMT, Live Sky Sports Action and Sky Sports Mix, Twickenham Stoop - Tickets available here

Scotland v England - Friday 23 February, KO 19:30 GMT, Live Sky Sports Mix and Sky Sports Arena via red button, Scotstoun, Glasgow

France v England - Saturday 10 March, KO 20:00 GMT, Live Sky Sports Action and Sky Sports Mix, Stade des Alpes, Grenoble

England v Ireland - Friday 16 March, KO 17:30 GMT, Live Sky Sports Action and Sky Sports Mix, Ricoh Arena, Coventry - Tickets available here