Emily Scarratt to captain England in Girls’s Six Nations decider versus France

Head coach Simon Middleton: “There is no hiding away from the truth that a lot is driving on the sport”; England face France in Bayonee on Saturday at 2.15pm; Comply with together with stay updates from the Girls’s Six Nations decider on skysports.com and the Sky Sports activities app

Final Up to date: 28/04/22 11:02am

Emily Scarratt celebrates successful her 100th worldwide cap for England within the Six Nations recreation towards Eire

Emily Scarratt will captain England of their Girls’s Six Nations decider towards France on Saturday, every week on from successful her 100th Check cap within the 69-Zero demolition of Eire.

Scarratt takes over as skipper from Sarah Hunter, who will miss England’s last match with a rib damage picked up towards Eire. Poppy Cleall comes into the aspect to fill the void left by Hunter within the again row.

Saturday’s crunch recreation towards the Crimson Roses’ closest rivals can be set to be a special occasion for Alex Matthews, who’s in line to earn her 50th cap, beginning at blindside flanker.

Alex Matthews will win her 50th cap in Saturday's Six Nations decider against France

Alex Matthews will win her 50th cap in Saturday’s Six Nations decider towards France

Elsewhere in head coach Simon Middleton’s matchday squad, Leanne Infante is chosen at scrum half with Zoe Harrison and Holly Aitchison forming the 10-12 axis, whereas Helena Rowland begins at full-back as soon as extra alongside Lydia Thompson and Jess Breach.

Reigning World Rugby participant of the yr Zoe Aldcroft is at lock, and Vickii Cornborough, Lark Davies and Sarah Bern once more type the entrance row.

Forwards Sarah Beckett and Sadia Kabeya return to the matchday squad and take their place among the many finishers.

“We’re all dissatisfied for Sarah Hunter on lacking the sport as a result of damage,” Middleton stated. “If it was as much as Sarah she would have performed however she was not medically obtainable for choice.

“I am happy she’s capable of be part of us over in France to assist preparations.

“On the identical time, it offers us one other alternative to check our management depth in probably the most pressurised of conditions and to that finish we’re in good arms with Emily Scarratt main the aspect, and Abbie Ward is known as as vice-captain for this recreation.”

2022 Girls’s Six Nations Championship

Place Staff Received Misplaced For Towards Pts Diff Bonus Factors
1. England 4 0 258 10 248 4 20
2. France 4 0 140 24 116 4 20
3. Wales 2 2 61 129 -68 2 10
4. Eire 1 3 53 144 -91 1 5
5. Italy 1 3 34 155 -121 0 4
6. Scotland 0 4 45 129 -84 2 2

Middleton added on Matthews’ milestone recreation: “Somebody I’ve had the privilege of working with for a really very long time. She is a incredible participant, she has a fantastic ability set and is a tremendous athlete with an exceptional work charge.

“To achieve 50 caps and in addition be as profitable on the sevens circuit as she has been shouldn’t be underestimated. Alex can be extraordinarily humble too.”

Middleton: France decider is not going to outline us

As for the strict check that awaits his aspect in France – each groups having gained all of their first 4 fixtures – Middleton stated: “Taking part in France in France is at all times an enormous problem.

Sarah Bern powers towards the Ireland line in England's 69-0 win last weekend

Sarah Bern powers in the direction of the Eire line in England’s 69-Zero win final weekend

“I believe everybody checked out this fixture at first of the Six Nations and singled it out as a possible decider, effectively that is what we have come to.

“France have been in nice type throughout the marketing campaign however so have we. As a workers group, we’re massively happy with the way in which the gamers have attacked this competitors, we problem them day-after-day to be the perfect they are often in all the pieces they do each on and off the sphere they usually have risen to the problem as one.

“Saturday is not going to outline us as a crew however there is not any hiding away from the truth that a lot is driving on the sport. That is advantageous by us, we would like that degree of problem, in any other case how do you realise your potential and show your price?

“Matches towards France are at all times tight affairs. We all know this one will likely be no completely different. I consider it’s going to come right down to which squad can keep their depth and focus, one thing we’ve executed effectively on this competitors. We’re trying ahead to the problem.”

Comply with together with stay updates from the Girls’s Six Nations decider between France and England from 2.15pm on Saturday, through skysports.com and the Sky Sports activities app.

England crew to play France: 15 Helena Rowland, 14 Lydia Thompson, 13 Emily Scarratt (c), 12 Holly Aitchison, 11 Jess Breach, 10 Zoe Harrison, 9 Leanne Infante; 1 Vickii Cornborough, 2 Lark Davies, Three Sarah Bern, Four Zoe Aldcroft, 5 Abbie Ward, 6 Alex Matthews, 7 Marlie Packer, eight Poppy Cleall.

Replacements: 16 Amy Cokayne, 17 Hannah Botterman, 18 Maud Muir, 19 Rosie Galligan, 20 Sarah Beckett, 21 Sadia Kabeya 22 Natasha Hunt, 23 Ellie Kildunne.

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