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Northern Echo Arena
Sat 26 Oct 19, 1:00pm

Warriors Women team news | Foxwell returns as Yapp makes four changes

Jo Yapp has made four changes to her Warriors Women starting XV for Saturday’s game at Darlington Mowden Park Sharks (kick-off 1.00pm).

Vicky Foxwell has recovered from the injury suffered against Richmond to line-up at outside centre, with Jade Shekells moving to inside centre and Lucy Lockhart taking Laura Thomas’ place in the back row.

There are also two changes in the back three, with Carys Cox replacing Mary-Ann Gittings at full-back and Vicky Laflin named at wing as Zoe Heeley drops out of the squad.

The rest of the starting XV remains unchanged from last week’s loss to Gloucester-Hartpury, which means a sixth consecutive start for Lauren Leatherland at prop.

Joining her in the front row will again be Ireland international hooker Sarah Mimnagh and England international prop Laura Keates.

Captain Lyndsay O’Donnell and Elizabeth Shermer continue their partnership in the second-row, while Lockhart will line-up alongside flanker Taz Bricknell and No. 8 Cara Brincat.

The half-back partnership of Brooke Bradley and Megan Goddard continues for the fourth successive match, with Shekells and Foxwell behind them in the centres.

England international Lydia Thompson will make her second start of the season in the back three alongside Laflin and Cox.

In the replacements, new signing Sarah Nicholas could make her debut, while summer arrival Bryony Narbeth will also make her first outing in a Warriors shirt if she comes on.

Red Rose Sasha Acheson is again named on the bench, alongside Carmen Tremelling, Jess Wiesheu, Sara Moreira and Lowri Williams.

Warriors Women | 15 Carys Cox; 14 Lydia Thompson, 13 Vicky Foxwell, 12 Jade Shekells, 11 Vicky Laflin; 10 Megan Goddard, 9 Brooke Bradley; 1 Lauren Leatherland, 2 Sarah Mimnagh, 3 Laura Keates; 4 Lyndsay O’Donnell (c), 5 Elizabeth Shermer, 6 Taz Bricknell, 7 Lucy Lockhart, 8 Cara Brincat

Replacements: 16 Carmen Tremelling, 17 Sasha Acheson, 18 Jess Wiesheu, 19 Bryony Narbeth, 20 Sara Moreira, 21 Sarah Nicholas, 22 Lowri Williams

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