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World Cup Watch: Sarah Bern named in Red Roses side

Sarah Bern has been named amongst the finishers for England’s final Pool C fixture against South Africa on Sunday, October 23rd (5:45am UK time).   

England, who have already secured a quarter-final spot, take on the Boks at Waitakere Stadium in Auckland.

Head coach, Simon Middleton, has named a much-changed side to the one that secured a statement win over France last time out.

Marlie Packer and Zoe Harrison are the only two starting players who retain their place.

Middleton said: “We’re really looking forward to our final pool match at a new stadium on Sunday.

“The game against South Africa is an extremely important fixture as it dictates our passage and route in the quarter-finals.
 
“It’s also the first time the majority of our starting XV start a World Cup match which is something to be celebrated for each individual and collectively. We’re all really excited to see how they go.

“South Africa have shown they’re a strong side in their first two matches against France and Fiji and we expect this weekend’s fixture to be no different. They’re developing well and that’s testament to their programme and the work of Lynne Cantwell (high performance manager), Stanley Raubenheimer (head coach) and their staff.”

England matchday 23 to play South Africa

15. Sarah McKenna (Saracens, 42 caps)
14. Abby Dow (Wasps, 26 caps)
13. Holly Aitchison (Saracens, 11 caps)
12. Tatyana Heard (Gloucester-Hartpury, 5 caps)
11. Jess Breach (Saracens, 23 caps)
10. Zoe Harrison (VC; Saracens, 42 caps)
9. Lucy Packer (Harlequins, 6 caps)

1. Hannah Botterman (Saracens, 32 caps)
2. Connie Powell (Gloucester-Hartpury, 6 caps)
3. Maud Muir (Gloucester-Hartpury, 13 caps)
4. Rosie Galligan (Harlequins, 7 caps)
5. Cath O’Donnell (Loughborough Lightning, 22 caps)
6. Morwenna Talling (Loughborough Lightning, 4 caps)
7. Marlie Packer (C; Saracens, 85 caps)
8. Poppy Cleall (Saracens, 59 caps)

Finishers
16. Amy Cokayne (Harlequins, 66 caps)
17. Vickii Cornborough (Harlequins, 72 caps)
18. Sarah Bern (Bristol Bears, 48 caps)
19. Zoe Aldcroft (Gloucester-Hartpury, 34 caps)
20. Sadia Kabeya (Loughborough Lightning, 5 caps)
21. Leanne Infante (Saracens, 54 caps)
22. Emily Scarratt (Loughborough Lightning, 105 caps)
23. Helena Rowland (Loughborough Lightning, 19 caps)

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