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Your News England Women's team announced for 6 Nations opener

The England Womens team to take on Wales in the opening round of the RBS 6 Nations on February 6th at Cross Keys RFC, kick off 230pm, has been announced.

Darlington Mowden Park fly-half Katy McLean will skipper England as they bid to win a sixth consecutive Six Nations title this season and defend their grand slam crown.

England Head Coach Gary Street has named a strong 22 that includes 17 players who featured in last Septembers Rugby World Cup (RWC) final defeat against New Zealand. Michaela Staniford, who was also in the RWC squad, Kim Oliver, Rowena Burnfield, Georgina Rozario and Georgina Roberts meanwhile share an impressive 88 caps between them.

We have worked really hard since the disappointment of losing the world cup, said Street, who is joined by assistant coach Graham Smith again this season. We are fortunate that we havent had many retirements since the world cup and that this is still a relatively young squad, so we are now just looking forward to getting back on the pitch and playing again. Our aim is to raise our standards, and to focus 100 percent on this first game.

Wales finished ninth in the RWC, but Englands last visit to Wales in the RBS 6 Nations two years ago saw the Red Roses lose by a single point. Street is determined that England do not slip up on the road again, though he is expecting their Welsh rivals to offer a new challenge this season.

He added: The last time we played Wales in Wales we lost 16-15, so yes there is huge motivation for us here. We got turned over last time and we dont want that to happen again.

Wales, however, have a new coach in Kris da Scossa. Kris is very experienced, having previously worked for the Canadian national side, and I am sure for his players having a new coach will create extra motivation. This is a new start for them so we wont know what to expect.

For us too, this is a new start with a new captain and vice captain and we are all looking forward to getting back on the pitch and starting the healing process. There is huge anticipation for this game and the season ahead and my selection for this opener shows that I plan to make sure we do the job.

England

15 Danielle Waterman Worcester

14 Katherine Merchant Worcester

13 Emily Scarratt Lichfield

12 Kimberley Oliver Bristol

11 Michaela Staniford Wasps

10 Katy McLean Darlington Mowden Park Sharks (C)

9 La Toya Mason Wasps

1 Rochelle Clark Worcester

2 Amy Garnett Saracens

3 Sophie Hemming Bristol

4 Joanna McGilchrist Wasps

5 Rebecca EssexRichmond

6 SarahHunter Lichfield

7 Margaret Alphonsi Saracens

8 Catherine Spencer Bristol

Replacements:

16 Emma Croker Richmond

17 ClairePurdyWasps

18 Rowena Burnfield Richmond

19 Heather FisherWorcester

20 Georgina Rozario Lichfield

21 Rachael Burford Richmond

22 Georgina Roberts Darlington Mowden Park Sharks

Englands RBS 6 Nations Fixtures

Wales v England Feb 6 Cross Keys RFC KO 230pm

England v Italy Feb 12 Esher RFC KO 430pm

*England v France Feb 27 Worcester RFC KO 105pm

** England v Scotland March 13 Twickenham Stadium KO 515pm

Ireland v England March 18 Ashbourne RFC KO 730pm

* Live on Sky Sports

**Free entry to Twickenham Stadium after mens Calcutta Cup clash

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