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Tuesday 31st August 2010
England Women's team for World Cup semi-final v Australia

 England Head Coach Gary Street has named a strong squad of 22, which includes 741 caps, for Wednesday’s Women’s Rugby World Cup semi final against Australia at the Twickenham Stoop, kick off 8.15pm.

England head into the final four showdown as top seeds after winning all three pool games with a bonus points, while Australia qualify as best runner-up from the pool stages.

Street has made three changes in the backs with Alice Richardson, Fiona Pocock and Amy Turner all being given the nod to start, while up front Heather Fisher returns in the backrow and Rosemarie Crowley starts at tight head prop. No 8 Catherine Spencer will again captain England.

Street, whose side booked their place in the semi finals after wins over Ireland, Kazakhstan and the USA, said: “This is a huge game and as such we have picked an extremely experienced side to take on the Australian challenge. It’s certainly going to be exciting to play at the Stoop and we are hoping to have the same great support that we have enjoyed at the Surrey Sports Park.

“The Australian England rivalry is great in every sporting contest and I am sure it will be no different on Wednesday. This is going to be a tough semi final and we won’t be taking anything for granted. There are definitely no easy games in a world cup semi final.”  

In the other semi final reigning world champions New Zealand take on France at the Stoop, kick off 6pm.

For WRWC 2010 tickets visit the Ticketmaster website or call 0844 844 2010. The semi finals and final will be held at the Twickenham Stoop. Rugby fans who buy tickets for the WRWC 2010 will also be put on a priority ticketing information list for the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England. For a full schedule of fixtures and to follow England in the WRWC visit www.rfu.com/wrwc

England

15 Danielle Waterman (Worcester)

14 Charlotte Barras (Saracens)

13 Emily Scarratt (Lichfield)

12 Alice Richardson (Richmond)

11 Fiona Pocock (Richmond)

10 Katy McLean (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks) 

9 Amy Turner (Richmond)

1 Rochelle Clark (Team Northumbria)

2 Amy Garnett (Saracens)

3 Rosemarie Crowley (Lichfield)

4 Tamara Taylor (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks)

5 Jo McGilchrist (Wasps)

6 Heather Fisher (Worcester)

7 Margaret Alphonsi (Saracens)

8 Catherine Spencer (Bristol) Captain

Replacements:

16 Emma Croker (Richmond)

17 Sophie Hemming (Bristol)

18 Becky Essex (Richmond)

19 Sarah Beale (Lichfield)

20 La Toya Mason (Richmond)

21 Rachael Burford (Richmond)

22 Michaela Staniford (Wasps)


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Tuesday 31st August 2010
AVIVA PREMIERSHIP - ROUND ONE PREVIEW

Sale Sharks v Newcastle Falcons


The new Aviva Premiership rugby season begins at Edgeley Park for the second successive year: Sale beat Leicester there 15-12 twelve months ago. The Sharks finished off last campaign with four successive defeats. Newcastle Falcons only victory in round one of a new Premiership season since 2004 was 33-12 at home to Sale in 2007. The Falcons’ most recent away game was also at Edgeley Park, where they beat the Sharks 32-30 in round 21 last season.

Sale and Newcastle meet in round one for the fourth time in the last six years, whilst the Sharks have not beaten the Tynesiders since a 14-9 victory at Kingston park on 7 September 2008. Newcastle have won on three of their last four visits to Stockport.



London Irish v Saracens


London Irish have a won four, lost two record in the six previous seasons of the London Double Header. The Exiles finished off last campaign with an unwanted run of three straight defeats, and have won just once at Twickenham in their last six visits in all competitions. Saracens’ record in previous London Double Headers is an even won three, lost three. Sarries, who were Premiership runners-up last season, won their last four regular season matches of 2009/10, whilst their recent record at Twickenham is two wins and four defeats.

In five of the last six encounters between the two teams the defeated side has obtained a losing bonus point.


Exeter Chiefs v Gloucester


Exeter Chiefs join Aviva Premiership rugby and become the 19th different club to play Premiership rugby following their promotion from the Championship last season, and contest their first ever game in England’s top division. Their home ground, Sandy Park, will be the 29th different venue to stage a Premiership match.

Gloucester’s only defeat on the opening weekend of a new Premiership season since 2000/01 was 8-20 at home to Leicester in 2008. Gloucester have won three of their last four matches in the Premiership. The two clubs have met just twice before in competitive rugby, both at Kingsholm, with Gloucester victorious on both occasions: 34-3 in the 4th round of the John Player Cup in February 1982, and 35- 6 in the 6th round of the Powergen Cup in December 2002.



London Wasps v Harlequins


London Wasps’ record in previous London Double Headers is won three, lost three. Wasps become only the second team after Leicester Tigers to play in 300 Premiership matches, with Wasps record in the competition standing at won 176, drawn 12, lost 111. Harlequins’ record in previous London Double Headers is won 2, lost 3. ‘Quins are winless in their last three visits to Twickenham, since their 24-21 victory over Saracens there in September 2008. London Wasps have won their last three encounters with Harlequins and have also won on both previous occasions that the clubs have met at Twickenham.


Leeds Carnegie v Bath 


Leeds Carnegie have not won on the opening weekend of a Premiership season since they defeated Leicester 26-13 at Headingley Carnegie in 2002. Leeds have won three of their last four home matches. Bath play away from home on the opening weekend for a third successive season, and visit Headingley Carnegie in round one for the third time, losing 6-10 in 2001 and winning 44-32 in 2003. Bath’s only defeat in their last dozen Premiership regular season matches was 20-43 at Leicester in April.

The two clubs also met in the final round last season with Bath victorious 39-3 at The Rec. Bath have won their last five matches against Leeds in all competitions.


Northampton Saints v Leicester Tigers


Northampton Saints have lost their opening game of a Premiership season just once since 2002: 0-32 at Leicester in 2005. The Saints suffered just two home defeats in all competitions last season – both inflicted by Saracens in their last two matches! Leicester Tigers play away from home in round one for a fourth successive season. The defending Premiership champion club has in fact lost their opening game of the following season in three of the last four years. Tigers have won seven of their last eight games in the Premiership.

Leicester’s only previous visit to Franklin’s Gardens in round one was in 1999 when the Saints won comfortably, 46-24. The last four encounters between the two teams in the Premiership have all been won by the home side on the day.

 

Stats: SFMS

 

 

 


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