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England Captain Katy McLean has warned her teammates that Ireland will be out to spoil their Six Nations party this Friday at Ashbourne RFC, kick off 730pm.

McLean is expecting Englands toughest challenge of the RBS 6 Nations as the Red Roses look to secure a record sixth crown and a Grand Slam.

The Irish are going to be gunning for us come Friday night, said the England fly-half who skippered her side to a record breaking 89-0 victory against Scotland on Sunday. England versus Ireland is always a great game to finish the tournament on and theyll certainly be looking to ruin our party.

Its also always really tough to go away to Ireland. There is no way we are going to get complacent. The last game is the most important. We have worked really hard to get ourselves into this position so this is going to be a massive match. We have to turn up, we cant afford a slow start, its going to be a tough old game.

As the only unbeaten side in the Six Nations England know they must register a win to secure the title but for McLean she insists England wont be happy unless they register a good performance too.

She added: Against Scotland the coaches challenged us throughout the game. The aim for us was to improve on our performance against France, we werent necessarily looking at the scoreboard but concentrating on putting the elements we had been working on in training into the game. And that was the most pleasing thing for us and we want to do exactly the same against Ireland.

England Head Coach Gary Street has made two changes to the team that defeated Scotland last weekend. Richmond hooker Emma Croker and Saracens Margaret Alphonsi have been called back into the starting line-up. Croker is given her second start of the tournament, while Alphonsi returns as Street once again juggles his competitive backrow line-up.

England

15 Emily Scarratt (Lichfield)

14 Katherine Merchant (Worcester)

13 Rachael Burford (Richmond)

12 Kimberley Oliver (Bristol)

11 Francesca Matthews (Richmond)

10 Katy McLean (C) (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks)

9 La Toya Mason (Wasps)

1 Rochelle Clark (Worcester)

2 Emma Croker (Richmond)

3 Sophie Hemming (Bristol)

4 Rebecca Essex(Richmond)

5 Joanna McGilchrist (Wasps)

6 Heather Fisher(Worcester)

7 Margaret Alphonsi (vc) (Saracens)

8 SarahHunter (Lichfield)

Replacements:

16 Amy Garnett (Saracens)

17 ClairePurdy(Wasps)

18 Rowena Burnfield (Richmond)

19 Catherine Spencer (Bristol)

20 Georgina Rozario (Lichfield)

21 Georgina Roberts (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks)

22 Danielle Waterman (Worcester)

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