England Women v Canada Women: Preview of second Test of Old Mutual Wealth Series

20 November 2017, 15:02

England Women take on Canada in the second Test of their Old Mutual Wealth Series on Tuesday, live on Sky Sports Action, Mixand Main event.

Simon Middleton's side beat Canada 79-5 on Friday at Allianz Park, as the Red Roses put 13 tries past their opponents and will head into their second clash full of confidence.

Middleton has made six changes to the side from that victory, with four players in line to make their international debuts.

Second-row Catherine O'Donnell, flanker Jo Brown and full-back Ellie Kildunne will all make their Test bows from the off against Canada at the Stoop, while backs replacement Lagi Tuima will also make her debut should she emerge off the bench.

Elsewhere, prop Rochelle Clark, lock Tamara Taylor and wing Charlotte Clapp come into the starting XV, while Jess Breach keeps her place on the wing after a remarkable six-try salvo in the first Test on debut.

"Both my parents were there and my brother and they were just amazed but happy at the same time because they've come through the journey with me, so yeah it was good," Breach told Sky Sports.

"Playing at the Stoop will be very special for me as a Harlequins player but we'll just have to wait and see, it's putting on the shirt which is special.

"In the second Test I think they'll bring it to us a bit more, they'll have had a bit more time over in England to get over the jet-lag and I think they'll be physical and it will definitely be a harder game."

Skipper Sarah Hunter will also make her 100th England appearance when leading the side out on Tuesday. A marvellous achievement since her debut in 2007.

"What we are looking for in tomorrow's game is consistency of performance," said head coach Simon Middleton.

"We haven't made wholesale changes as we want to maintain core stability and that's been the approach with this particular side. We have mixed the forwards a bit more and the backs remain stable, with that we know we will create opportunities to get the younger players on the ball again and give them a chance to shine.

"We said from the outset that we would select a squad that we feel can deliver a winning performance and we are confident this team, can deliver on that."

On Hunter reaching 100 caps, Middleton added: "Sarah Hunter is an incredible player and the ultimate professional.

"She has the highest standards in everything that she does, both on and off the pitch. A true leader, ultra-composed and rational but at the same time has real steel in her - she manages the team brilliantly."

England Women: 15 Ellie Kildunne, 14 Jess Breach, 13 Rachael Burford, 12 Amber Reed, 11 Charlotte Clapp, 10 Katy Daley-Mclean, 9 Leanne Riley; 1 Rochelle Clark, 2 Amy Cokayne, 3 Heather Kerr, 4 Catherine O'Donnell, 5 Tamara Taylor, 6 Jo Brown, 7 Marlie Packer, 8 Sarah Hunter (c).

Replacements: 16 Lark Davies, 17 Vickii Cornborough, 18 Hannah Botterman, 19 Abbie Scott, 20 Izzy Noel-Smith, 21 Caity Mattinson, 22 Zoe Harrison, 23 Lagi Tuima.