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The RFUW Development team to take on Italy A at London Welsh on Friday December 12th, kick-off 7pm, has today (Monday) been announced.

England Coach Mike Barnett has made nine changes to the starting line-up that defeated the Combined Services 32-10 in November. The pack is largely the same, except for Lichfield's Gemma Nunnerly coming into the backrow. Lichfield scrum-half Ali Taft will skipper the side.

Barnett said: "As we are playing an international team we are expecting this to be a step-up for the players. I am sure Italy A will be bringing plenty of capped players so this could be a real test for our team.

"I have made quite a few changes, mainly in the backs. This is to give as many players as we can a chance to show what they can do ahead of a busy season of international fixtures.

"Against the Combined Services I was impressed with our performance, but I am looking for more. These matches are really about seeing how players respond out of their normal club environment. They responded well last time so I am hoping for more of the same."

The RFUW Development team is a side largely made up of England Under 20s players and players who are on the fringes of the England Elite 44 squad.

RFUW Development Team v Italy A

1 Laura Keates Worcester

2 Samantha Jamieson Darlington Mowden Park Sharks

3 Tracy Balmer Worcester

4 Jenny Brightmore Loughborough

5 Frances Archer Leo Ladies

6 Gemma Nunnerley Lichfield

7 Laura Jenkins Richmond

8 Sian Williams Saracens

9 Ally Taft Lichfield C

10 Claire Garner Leo Ladies

11 Elizabeth Riley Wasps

12 Sarah McKenna Old Albanian Saints

13 Abi Chamberlain Worcester

14 Jenny Edwards Darlington Mowden Park Sharks

15 Darel Poole Bath

Replacements:

16 Victoria Fleetwood Lichfield

17 Katy Storie Blaydon Team Northumbria

18 Jenny Floyd Bath

19 Clare Robinson Loughborough

20 Cathy Freeman Saracens

21 Karina Page Old Albanian Saints

22 Kim Youdan Leeds Metropolitan

Head Coach: Mike Barnett

Assistant Coaches: Andy Paton & Gavin Williams

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