Davies named on bench for England Women

Davies in line for tenth England cap

Worcester Valkyries hooker Lark Davies has been named on the bench for England Women’s final Six Nations clash with Ireland at the Ricoh Arena on Friday (kick-off 5.30pm).

England still have a chance of winning this season’s competition but find themselves three points behind leaders France, who face Wales.

England Women Head Coach Simon Middleton makes six changes, two positional, to the starting 15 that were defeated by France 17-18 in Stade des Alpes on Saturday night.

Middleton said: “We fully expect the game against Ireland to be a tough, yet exciting encounter. They are a dangerous side, who will be looking to bounce back after their defeat by Scotland last week.

“We are really looking forward to playing them at the Ricoh on Friday night in front of a bumper crowd.

“We have made changes across the starting 15, with new combinations in the forwards and the backs.

“We have depth in the EPS squad and are confident that the players coming in will relish the opportunity to showcase their talents in the Six Nations, one of the flagship competitions in the women’s game. We are determined to come away with the win on Friday night.”

The Red Roses last faced Ireland in the 2017 Six Nations at Donnybrook Stadium where they secured a 34-7 win.

England Women
15 Ellie Kildunne (Gloucester-Hartpury, 7 caps)
14 Kelly Smith (Gloucester-Hartpury, 1 cap)
13 Lagi Tuima (Bristol Ladies, 4 caps)
12 Rachael Burford (Harlequins Ladies, 78 caps)
11 Danielle Waterman (Wasps FC Ladies, 81 caps)
10 Katy Daley-Mclean (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks, 98 caps)
9 Caity Mattinson (Bristol Ladies, 6 caps)

1 Vickii Cornborough (Harlequins Ladies, 38 caps)
2 Amy Cokayne (Wasps FC Ladies, 40 caps)
3 Sarah Bern (Gloucester Hartpury, 19 caps)
4 Abbie Scott (Harlequins Ladies, 28 caps)
5 Poppy Cleall (Saracens Women, 21 caps)
6 Rowena Burnfield (Richmond F.C, 46 caps)
7 Marlie Packer (Saracens Women, 58 caps)
8 Sarah Hunter (Loughborough Lightning, 104 caps)

16 Lark Davies (Worcester Valkyries, 9 caps)
17 Rochelle Clark (Wasps FC Ladies, 136 caps)
18 Justine Lucas (Wasps FC Ladies, 32 caps)
19 Cath O’Donnell (Loughborough Lightning, 3 caps)
20 Shaunagh Brown (Harlequins Ladies, 1 cap)
21 Leanne Riley (Harlequins Ladies, 20 caps)
22 Zoe Harrison (Saracens Women, 4 caps)
23 Amber Reed (Bristol Ladies, 48 caps)