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Your News England Women's A team to take on Spain announced

The England Women’s A team to take on Spain on Saturday, kick off 2pm at Surrey Sports Park, has been announced.

England A Coach Mike Barnett has made four changes to the side that narrowly lost 19-22 to the Nomads, the women’s game equivalent of the Barbarians, in February.

Rugby World Cup player Michaela Staniford returns to the starting line-up after suffering a facial injury earlier this year while Victoria Fleetwood and Charlotte Male will start in the front row. Bristol’s Isabelle Noel Smith also starts at flanker. Lichfield’s Rosemarie Crowley will skipper the side.

Barnett, whose side will also compete in the European Trophy in April, said: “We have made the changes to give those players who didn’t get a start against the Nomads a chance now. It’s really important that we see as many players in action as possible ahead of the European Trophy in April. That is a tournament we want to win so we need to be as best prepared as possible. It is also great to have Michaela back in the side. She will bring a lot of experience to a relatively young side.”

Spain, who’ll be sending their full international side, will also be contesting the European Trophy next month.

Barnett added: “Spain are always a very physical side so this will be a tough test. It will also be a good indication to see where we are with Spain also involved in the European Trophy. Although we were quite pleased with our game against the Nomads we know where we need to make the improvements. We made too many errors last time so we need to be more accurate, get control of the game and execute a consistent performance.”

England

15 Kay Wilson (Richmond)

14 Sophie Nicholas (Lichfield)

13 Amber Reed (Bristol)

12 Abigail Chamberlain (Richmond)

11 Michaela Staniford (Wasps)

10 SarahMcKenna (Old Albanians)

9 Natasha Hunt (Lichfield)

1 Rosemarie Crowley (Lichfield) C

2 Victoria Fleetwood (Lichfield)

3 Charlotte Male (Bristol)

4 Tamara Taylor(Darlington Mowden Park)

5 Stacey Maguire (Lichfield)

6 Isabelle Noel Smith (Bristol)

7 Jane Leonard (Wasps)

8 NicolaHoole(Bristol)

Replacements:

16 Olivia Poore(Wasps)

17 Monica Lewinska (Bristol)

18 Emily Braund (Lichfield)

19 MarliePacker (Bristol)

20 Fiona Davidson (Richmond)

21 Natasha Jones(Lichfield)

22 Ceri Large (Worcester)

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