Thompson starts for England

Lydia Thompson returns to the starting line-up with Lark Davies named on the bench as England face France in San Diego on Wednesday (kick-off 10pm).

The two Warriors Women have played a part in England’s victories over Canada and USA in the four game Women’s Rugby Super Series.

Head Coach Simon Middleton said: “Saturday’s win against an outstanding Canadian side was huge for us in terms of the growth of this squad of players.

“For France we have looked to bring in some of our more experienced, and senior, players as France are coming off the back of a great win against New Zealand and will be full of confidence. We know only too well that on their day they can be one of the toughest team in world rugby to play against and that’s the type of performance we will be expecting.”

England Women
15 Sarah McKenna (Saracens Women)
14 Lydia Thompson (Worcester Warriors Women
13 Emily Scarratt (Loughborough Lightning)
12 Amber Reed (Bristol Bears Women)
11 Kelly Smith (Gloucester-Hartpury Women)
10 Zoe Harrison (Saracens Women)
9 Leanne Riley (Harlequins Ladies)

1 Vickii Cornborough (Harlequins Ladies)
2 Heather Kerr (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks)
3 Sarah Bern (Bristol Bears Women)
4 Catherine O’Donnell (Loughborough Lightning )
5 Abbie Scott (Harlequins Ladies)
6 Poppy Cleall (Saracens Women)
7 Marlie Packer (Saracens Women)
8 Sarah Hunter (c) (Loughborough Lightning)

Replacements
16 Lark Davies (Worcester Warriors Women)
17 Ellena Perry (Saracens Women)
18 Hannah Botterman (Saracens Women)
19 Zoe Aldcroft (Gloucester-Hartpury Women)
20 Sarah Beckett (Firwood Waterloo Ladies)
21 Claudia Macdonald (Wasps FC Ladies)
22 Emily Scott (Harlequins Ladies)
23 Millie Wood (Gloucester-Hartpury Women)