Alex Matthews in England squad

Alex Matthews is among the replacements for England Women as they take on Canada at Twickenham Stoop on Sunday (kick-off 2.30pm, live on BBC Two).

With Head Coach Simon Middleton rotating his squad following resounding victories over New Zealand, Warriors wing Lydia Thompson could win her 50th England cap at Sixways when USA come to town.

Matthews, who will win her 44th Red Roses cap, started last week’s 56-15 triumph over the Black Ferns at Franklin’s Gardens and has been the driving force behind Warriors’ resurgence in the Allianz Premier 15s this term.

“I’m delighted with the results and performances of our opening two games against New Zealand, both of which were fantastic occasions,” said England Head Coach Middleton.

“Our attentions have now shifted and we are fully focussed on Sunday’s game against Canada. They are a very strong and physical side, and we know that we need to be at our best to come out on top.

“Preparations have gone well this week and we’re all looking forward to Sunday’s game.”

England Women team to play Canada

15. Sarah McKenna (Saracens, 38 caps)
14. Heather Cowell (Harlequins, uncapped)
13. Lagi Tuima (Harlequins, 10 caps)
12. Helena Rowland (Loughborough Lightning, 8 caps)
11. Abby Dow (Wasps, 20 caps)
10. Zoe Harrison (Saracens, 32 caps)
9. Claudia MacDonald (Wasps, 17 caps)

1. Hannah Botterman (Saracens, 24 caps)
2. Amy Cokayne (Harlequins, 59 caps)
3. Sarah Bern (Bristol Bears, 38 caps)
4. Zoe Aldcroft (Gloucester-Hartpury, 26 caps)
5. Abbie Ward (Bristol Bears, 49 caps)
6. Sarah Hunter (C; Loughborough Lightning, 128 caps)
7. Sadia Kabeya (Loughborough Lightning, uncapped)
8. Poppy Cleall (VC; Saracens, 49 caps)


16. Lark Davies (Loughborough Lightning, 33 caps)
17. Vickii Cornborough (Harlequins, 62 caps)
18. Maud Muir (Wasps, 2 caps)
19. Harriet Millar-Mills (Wasps, 64 caps)
20. Alex Matthews (Worcester Warriors, 43 caps)
21. Marlie Packer (Saracens, 78 caps)
22. Leanne Infante (Bristol Bears, 46 caps)
23. Holly Aitchison (Saracens, 2 caps)