Thompson named on the bench for Red Roses clash

Warriors Women wing Lydia Thompson has been named as a replacement for the Red Roses for their clash with France on Saturday (kick-off 1.10pm).

Thompson will look to build on the 44 caps she has gained so far as England get their Autumn Internationals underway.

The match at Clermont will be shown live on Sky Sports Mix and Sky Sports Arena.

Head Coach Simon Middleton is looking ward to the test that Les Bleus will pose.

“We’re really looking forward to Saturday’s game and what we know will be a tough test but a challenge we’ll relish,” he said.

Red Roses team to play France | 15 Sarah McKenna (Saracens Women); 14 Abby Dow (Wasps FC Ladies), 13 Emily Scarratt (vc) (Loughborough Lightning), 12 Zoe Harrison (Saracens Women), 11 Jess Breach (Harlequins Women); 10 Katy Daley-Mclean (Loughborough Lightning), 9 Leanne Riley (Harlequins Women); 1 Hannah Botterman (Saracens Women), 2 Lark Davies (Loughborough Lightning), 3 Sarah Bern (Bristol Bears Women); 4 Zoe Aldcroft (Gloucester-Hartpury Women), 5 Abbie Scott  (Harlequins Women); 6 Sarah Beckett (Harlequins Women), 7 Marlie Packer (Saracens Women), 8 Sarah Hunter (c) (Loughborough Lightning)

Finishers: 16 Heather Kerr (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks), 17 Ellena Perry (Gloucester-Hartpury Women), 18 Shaunagh Brown (Harlequins Women), 19 Poppy Cleall (Saracens Women), 20 Vicky Fleetwood (Saracens Women), 21 Natasha Hunt (Gloucester-Hartpury Women), 22 Emily Scott (Harlequins Women), 23 Lydia Thompson (Worcester Warriors Women)