Claudia MacDonald has 22 England capsVenue: Eden Park, Auckland Date: Saturday, 5 November Kick-off: 03:30 GMTCoverage: Reside commentary on BBC Radio 5 Reside; reside textual content commentary on BBC Sport web site and app.
Wing Claudia MacDonald returns from harm and prop Hannah Botterman begins as England make two adjustments for his or her World Cup semi-final in opposition to Canada.
Tatyana Heard will proceed her surprising run at 12 at Eden Park on Saturday, with Helena Rowland at 15.
MacDonald replaces the skilled Lydia Thompson, whereas Botterman pushes Vickii Cornborough to the bench.
Scrum-half Lucy Packer can also be on the bench however could have a scan on a doable ankle harm on Thursday.
If Packer is unavailable, head coach Simon Middleton should shuffle his facet given MacDonald is his different possibility to offer cowl for starter Leanne Infante at 9.
Scrum-half Natasha Hunt was a shock exclusion from the World Cup squad again in September and Middleton mentioned it could be too late to name up any substitute gamers for the ultimate two video games of the match.
“I am fairly positive she’ll be OK,” Middleton mentioned of Packer.
England: Rowland; Dow, Scarratt, Heard, MacDonald; Harrison, Infante; Botterman, Cokayne, Bern, Aldcroft, Ward, Matthews, M Packer, Hunter (capt).
Replacements: Davies, Cornborough, Muir, Galligan, Cleall, L Packer, Aitchison, Kildunne.
England are on a document run of 29 Checks in a row and beat Canada 51-12 in November 2021.
MacDonald thought that match could be her final due to a neck harm, however she made it again to the game in September and Middleton says her kind meant she needed to return for the semi-final as soon as she recovered from a calf pressure.
The pinnacle coach performed down the importance of Botterman’s begin, saying “starters and finishers are the identical factor” and that Cornborough has been taking part in properly.
Centre Heard had a three-year break from worldwide rugby due to an anterior cruciate ligament harm however returned in September and made sufficient of an impression in opposition to South Africa within the pool stage to say the quantity 12 shirt.
Middleton mentioned: “For those who see a chance to enhance or create completely different footage that you simply consider may gain advantage the group’s efficiency, it’s a must to be courageous sufficient together with your choices to make these calls.”
England’s maul has been the supply of many tries at this World Cup and Canada have named seven forwards on the bench in an effort to match the Purple Roses’ up-front energy.
Head coach Kevin Rouet consists of again row Sara Svoboda amongst his replacements, with Anais Holly offering the one backline cowl.
Canada: Alarie; Grant, Corrigan, Kaljuvee, Farries; Tessier, Pelletier; DeMerchant, Tuttosi, Menin, Holtkamp, Hunt, Forteza, Paquin, De Goede (capt).
Replacements: Boag, Kassil, Ellis, Fuamba, Beukeboom, Senft, Svoboda, Holly.
England gamers excited forward of World Cup semi-final