Marlie Packer to start for England against Ireland

Marlie Packer will be captaining England in the game against Ireland
Marlie Packer will be captaining England in the game against Ireland

England head coach John Mitchell has recalled skipper Marlie Packer in the starting line up for the upcoming Women's Six Nations clash against Ireland to be played at Twickenham.

Packer was named on the bench in the previous game against Scotland which the red roses went on to win 0-46 but now comes into the back row that also has Sadia Kabeya and Alex Matthews.

The second change sees Lark Atkin-Davies coming into the front row to take the place of Amy Cokayne, who was handed a one-week suspension following her two yellow cards in the game against Scotland.

Emily Scarratt could make her first appearance since the opening round game against Italy after being named on the bench as a back up for Holly Aitchison.

The return of Packer sees Zoe Aldcroft moving back to the second row replacing Abbie Ward while Morwenna Talling is named on the bench on what could be potentially her first appearance of the tournament.

"We are excited for the opportunity of another crack at Twickenham in front of our awesome fans," said Mitchell.

"We want to continue to get better in our game and make the most of the experience to benefit us in the future."

England XV: 15 Ellie Kildunne, 14 Abby Dow, 13 Megan Jones, 12 Tatyana Heard, 11 Jess Breach, 10 Holly Aitchison, 9 Natasha Hunt, 1 Hannah Botterman, 2 Lark Atkin-Davies, 3 Maud Muir, 4 Zoe Aldcroft, 5 Rosie Galligan, 6 Sadia Kabeya, 7 Marlie Packer, 8 Alex Matthews

Reserves: 16 Connie Powell, 17 Mackenzie Carson, 18 Kelsey Clifford, 19 Morwenna Talling, 20 Maddie Feaunati, 21 Lucy Packer, 22 Emily Scarratt, 23 Sydney Gregson