Six Nations Rugby | England name two debutants as they prepare to face Canada

With back-to-back victories over the New Zealand world champions, his team now faces the challenge of Canada, third in the standings.

Sadia Kabeya and Heather Cowell went straight into the starting XV to win their first caps for the Red Roses, Kabeya starting on the flank and Cowell taking a position on the wing.

England will again be led by Sarah Hunter who will take over from last week’s captain Poppy Cleall who had a dreamy armband debut as the Red Roses demolished New Zealand 56-15.

Cleall will reach another milestone this weekend as she races for her 50th cap, sharing the feat with lock Abbie Ward who got two tries in the fall opener against New Zealand in Exeter.

Last week’s captain retains her spot at No.8 with Hunter entering the flanker scrum in place of Alex Matthews.

Further changes see Saracens teammates Sarah McKenna and Hannah Botterman move up from the bench to full back and prop respectively, with Lagi Tuima replacing Holly Aitchison at center after Aitchison impressed in her first two appearances for the ‘England.

Zoe Harrison remains at the opener after throwing all eight conversions in the win over the Black Ferns with Helena Rowland partnering her again at 12 after a dynamic return to the starting XV at Northampton last week.

Middleton turned in scrum-half again with Claudia MacDonald for her second appearance of the campaign, with Leanne Infante falling on the bench.

England women will play against Canada

15. Sarah McKenna (Saracens, 38 caps), 14. Heather Cowell (Harlequins, no selection), 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, no selection), 8. Poppy Cleall (VC; Saracens, 49 caps)

Finishers: 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)

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