England Women make one change for France clash

Sarah Hunter scored two tries for England in the opening game
Sarah Hunter scored two tries for England in the opening game

England Women head coach Simon Middleton has made a solitary change for the clash against France Ladies to be played in Exeter on Saturday.

Middleton has named the same matchday squad except that wing Lydia Thompson swaps places with Jess Breach, who moves to the bench.

"We were delighted to secure our first win in France since 2012. The players put a real shift in and stuck to the plan," said Middleton.

"We have had a good week's recovery and preparation, which we will now complete in Devon.

"As we expected, last week's game was incredibly competitive, while at the same time, it was clear to see that both sides hadn't played competitively for a couple of months.

"However, I expect both teams to have shaken off some of the ring rust this week and the skill execution should be evident in the performances".

Earlier, England sealed 20-10 victory over France in the opening game which was also their first win in French soil in seven years.

England Women: 15 Sarah McKenna , 14 Lydia Thompson, 13 Emily Scarratt, 12 Zoe Harrison, 11 Abby Dow, 10 Katy Daley-Mclean, 9 Leanne Riley, 1 Hannah Botterman, 2 Lark Davies, 3 Sarah Bern, 4 Zoe Aldcroft, 5 Abbie Scott, 6 Sarah Beckett, 7 Marlie Packer, 8 Sarah Hunter (c)

Replacements: 16 Heather Kerr, 17 Ellena Perry, 18 Shaunagh Brown, 19 Poppy Cleall, 20 Vicky Fleetwood, 21 Natasha Hunt, 22 Emily Scott, 23 Jess Breach