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Your News England Women's team announced for World Cup opener

England have announced their team for Friday’s Women’s Rugby World Cup opener against Ireland at Surrey Sports Park, Guildford, kick off 630pm.

No. 8 Catherine Spencer will lead an experienced line-up that includes 689 caps with fly-half Katy McLean named as vice captain. Team Northumbria prop Rochelle Clark will earn her 50th cap also. In total seven members of the starting line-up competed in the 2006 world cup which saw England narrowly lose in the final to reigning world champions New Zealand.

England Head Coach Gary Street said: “The prospect of playing our first game is really exciting. We know our preparations have been excellent and now we are just looking forward to kicking off our world cup campaign.

“This is a strong squad, as the number of caps highlights, and the important thing for me is that we have never deviated from making sure we have had their strength from one to 26.”

England last played Ireland in the RBS 6 Nations and inflicted a 22-5 defeat on the Irish on route to claiming a fifth consecutive and unprecedented RBS 6 Nations title. England, who are ranked second, will also play Kazakhstan and USA in the pool games. The semi finals take place on September 1 and the final on September 5.

Street added: “We know this is going to be a very competitive opener in front of a large audience both here at Guildford and on Sky Sports. Ireland have got some good forwards and some skilful backs. They are also very competitive in the line out. We are certainly expecting this to be a tough opener, but at the same time we are confident in our ability.”

For WRWC 2010 tickets visit the Ticketmaster website or call 0844 844 2010. Rugby fans who buy tickets for the WRWC 2010 will also be put on a priority ticketing information list for the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England. For a full schedule of fixtures and to follow England in the WRWC visit www.rfu.com/wrwc

England

15 Danielle Waterman Worcester

14 Katherine Merchant Worcester

13 Emily Scarratt Lichfield

12 Rachael Burford Richmond

11Fiona Pocock Richmond

10 Katy McLean Darlington Mowden Park Sharks

9 Amy Turner Richmond

1 Rochelle Clark Team Northumbria

2 Amy Garnett Saracens

3 Sophie HemmingBristol

4 Becky Essex Richmond

5 Jo McGilchrist Wasps

6 Heather Fisher Worcester

7 Margaret Alphonsi Saracens

8 Catherine Spencer Bristol

Replacements:

16 Emma Crocker Richmond

17 Claire Purdy Wasps

18 Tamara Taylor Darlington Mowden Park Sharks

19 Sarah Hunter Lichfield

20 La Toya Mason Wasps

21 Alice Richardson Richmond

22 Charlotte Barras Saracens

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