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World Cup Watch: Bears duo named in Red Roses side

Sarah Bern and Abbie Ward will make their second appearances at the Rugby World Cup this weekend against France (8am UK Time).

England travel to Whangarei on Saturday, October 15th, for their Pool C fixture against close rivals France. Both teams started their World Cup campaigns with wins, the Red Roses against Fiji and France versus South Africa.

Head coach, Simon Middleton, said: “France always present a huge challenge and this time it will be no different. They have a new-look coaching set-up since we last played and we look forward to another big test and what I expect to be a close contest.”

England matchday squad to play France
15. Ellie Kildunne (Harlequins, 26 caps)
14. Lydia Thompson (University of Worcester Warriors, 55 caps)
13. Emily Scarratt (VC; Loughborough Lightning, 104 caps)
12. Helena Rowland (Loughborough Lightning, 18 caps)
11. Claudia MacDonald (Exeter Chiefs, 21 caps)
10. Zoe Harrison (Saracens, 41 caps)
9. Leanne Infante (Saracens, 53 caps)
 
1. Vickii Cornborough (Harlequins, 71 caps)
2. Amy Cokayne (Harlequins, 65 caps)
3. Sarah Bern (Bristol Bears, 47 caps)
4. Zoe Aldcroft (Gloucester-Hartpury, 33 caps)
5. Abbie Ward (Bristol Bears, 57 caps)
6. Alex Matthews (Gloucester-Hartpury, 52 caps)
7. Marlie Packer (Saracens, 84 caps)
8. Sarah Hunter (C; Loughborough Lightning, 136 caps)
 
Finishers
16. Connie Powell (Gloucester-Hartpury, 6 caps)
17. Hannah Botterman (Saracens, 31 caps)
18. Maud Muir (Gloucester-Hartpury, 12 caps)
19. Cath O’Donnell (Loughborough Lightning, 21 caps)
20. Poppy Cleall (Saracens, 58 caps)
21. Lucy Packer (Harlequins, 6 caps)
22. Holly Aitchison (Saracens, 11 caps)
23. Abby Dow (Wasps, 25 caps)


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