Sarah Hunter captains England Women as 10 changes made for USA clash in Rugby World Cup

“We know playing against USA will be tough, they play a very physical game and have some dangerous players on the ball, but we have prepared well and the squad are in a good place, not only physically but mentally. We have confidence in entire squad and it’s now about going out and making sure we put in a full 80 minute performance.”

The Red Roses have played USA in four previous World Cups, starting in 1991 when England lost 19-6 in the final in Cardiff.

The sides met once again in the 1994 World Cup final, where England won 38-23, and they have also played in the pool stages of the 2006 and 2010 World Cups with England winning on both occasions.    

England XV: 15. Danielle Waterman, 14. Amy Wilson Hardy, 13. Emily Scarratt, 12. Amber Reed, 11. Kay Wilson, 10. Katy Mclean, 9. Natasha Hunt; 1. Vickii Cornborough, 2. Amy Cokayne, 3. Sarah Bern, 4. Abbie Scott, 5. Tamara Taylor, 6. Alex Matthews, 7. Marlie Packer, 8. Sarah Hunter.

Replacements: 16. Vicky Fleetwood, 17. Rochelle Clark, 18. Justine Lucas, 19. Poppy Cleall, 20. Harriet Millar-Mills, 21. Leanne Riley, 22. Rachael Burford, 23. Megan Jones.

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