Saracens - Saracens Women named in England side for Grand Slam decider

Mar 14, 2017

Saracens Women named in England side for Grand Slam decider

Saracens Women’s duo of Emily Scott and Vicky Fleetwood have been included in England Women’s squad for the final game of the 2017 Six Nations against Ireland.

With England and Ireland unbeaten so far this campaign, the two sides are chasing the championship title in only the second head-to-head Grand Slam finale in the history of the women’s tournament. Kick-off is at 8pm and live on Sky Sports Mix, and England Rugby Facebook. 

Following England’s 64-0 win over Scotland last weekend, Emily Scott starts at fly half with Sarries team mate Vicky Fleetwood named in the replacements.

Head coach Simon Middleton said: “We have put ourselves in a position to realise our Six Nations ambitions of winning the championship but we’re under no illusions of how difficult the task will be.

“Ireland have had a great competition so far, showing immense resilience to win four tough games. It promises to be a fantastic end to the tournament and we are confident that come Friday we will be as ready as we can to win our first Grand Slam in five years.”

The Red Roses are playing for their first Six Nations title since 2012, with Ireland having won the championship twice in the past four years. The two sides have met four times since the 2014 Women’s Rugby World Cup, with England winning the last three matches since Ireland’s 11-8 victory at Ashbourne in the 2015 Women’s Six Nations.

England match-day 23 against Ireland

15 Danielle Waterman (Bristol, 67 caps) 
14 Amy Wilson Hardy (Bristol, 6 caps)
13 Emily Scarratt (Lichfield, 65 caps)
12 Amber Reed (Bristol, 36 caps) 
11 Kay Wilson (Richmond, 41 caps)
10 Emily Scott (Saracens, 20 caps) 
9 La Toya Mason (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks, 63 caps)

1 Rochelle Clark (Worcester Valkyries, 121 caps) 
2 Amy Cokayne (Lichfield, 24 caps) 
3 Justine Lucas (Lichfield, 18 caps) 
4 Tamara Taylor (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks, 102 caps)
5 Harriet Millar-Mills (Lichfield, 42 caps) 
6 Alex Matthews (Richmond, 28 caps) 
7 Marlie Packer (Bristol, 44 caps)
8 Sarah Hunter (Bristol, 89 caps) (c)

16 Vicky Fleetwood (Saracens, 58 caps)
17 Vickii Cornborough (Aylesford Bulls, 22 caps)
18 Laura Keates (Worcester Valkyries, 59 caps)
19 Poppy Cleall (Bristol, 11 caps)
20 Izzy Noel-Smith (Bristol, 28 caps)
21 Bianca Blackburn (Worcester Valkyries, 17 caps)
22 Rachael Burford (Aylesford Bulls, 64 caps)
23 Lydia Thompson (Worcester Valkyries, 30 caps)


England Women Six Nations fixtures

England 26 - 13 France
Saturday 4 February, Twickenham Stadium

Wales 0 - 63 England
Saturday 11 February, Cardiff Arms Park

England 29 - 15 Italy 
Saturday 25 February, Twickenham Stoop

England 64 - 0 Scotland 
Saturday 11 March, Twickenham Stoop

Ireland v England
Friday 17 March, KO 8pm, live on Sky Sports Mix and
Donnybrook Stadium, Dublin


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