• January 28, 2023

Women’s Six Nations: Fit-again Sarah Hunter to captain England in Six Nations

Sarah Hunter has played 123 international matches in England

Sarah Hunter will return to captain England in the Women’s Six Nations after a long-term injury hiatus.

Jäger’s Loughborough teammate Helena Rowland is one of the four British Sevens internationals, including Meg Jones, Ellie Kildunne and Alex Matthews, who make up the 38-man squad.

Simon Middleton’s Red Roses roster will get together in Doncaster on Monday.

England’s six nations defense begins on April 3rd against Scotland at Castle Park.

Injuries have excluded Sarah Bern (shoulder), Natasha Hunt (ankle), Laura Keates (knee) and Morwenna Talling (knee) from the tournament.

Meanwhile, the Saracens Quartet of Hannah Botterman, Bryony Cleall, Vicky Fleetwood and Sarah McKenna and the Gloucester-Hartpury duo of Zoe Aldcroft and Ellena Perry and Lydia Thompson of Worcester Warriors return after missing the Fall Games due to an injury.

Six development players – front-runners Maud Muir and Flo Long, as well as Ellie Green, Merryn Doidge, Beth Wilcock and Flo Robinson – were also included.

Exeter’s Robinson roster includes her older sister Emily, a harlequin flanker who also wants to earn her first cap.

Middleton said disruption caused by the pandemic had prompted development players to join an expanded roster.

“We saw an opportunity to help develop young players and bring them to senior camps. This has been a win-win and there is every chance these players will perform as the games progressed,” he said.

With the game in Scotland being England’s first game since Katy Daley-Mclean’s resignation, Middleton said he was “interested” in how the new half-back combo works.

“It will be great to see our young half-flies Zoe Harrison and Helena Rowland steer the ship,” he said.

Forward: Aldcroft, Beckett, Botterman, Brown, B. Cleall, P. Cleall, A. Cokayne, Cornborough, Davies, Fleetwood, Harper, Hunter, Long, Matthews, Millar-Mills, Muir, O’Donnell, Packer, Perry, E. Robinson, Ward.

Move: Bruch, Doidge, Dow, Green, Harrison, Jones, Kildunne, MacDonald, McKenna, Reed, Riley, F. Robinson, Rowland, Scarratt, Thompson, Tuima.

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