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England Womens Under 20s Coach Amanda Bennett has rung the changes for Saturdays inaugural clash against Scotland at Gosforth RFC, kick off 6pm.

Following the U20s impressive 12-5 victory over France two weeks ago, Bennett makes eight changes to the first XV. Only Bristol quartet Daniker Wilmore, Sarah George, Lucy Demaine and Katie Mason, Lichfields Fiona Fletcher, Newquay Hornets Kayleigh Callaway-Bawden and Worcesters Ceri Large start a second consecutive game.

Bennett said: We are looking forward to playing Scotland U20s for the first time ever and we have selected another team with great potential. Some changes to the squad have been forced due to injury but we have also made a commitment to players that they would be given an opportunity to show us what they can do. Megan Oaten and Geri Thomas were not involved in the France game but I know they will want to seize this chance to shine.

There is a mix of experience in that there are several Premiership players included as well as new faces to U20s rugby and the focus will once again be on team performance doing the basics well. This was our priority against France and, whilst we learned a great deal about how this squad can play, we also learned just how tough they can be under pressure.

Unquestionably one of the biggest highlights of the win over France was the way in which players responded to a fierce and physical French team who played with great confidence. Despite conceding an early try and facing a barrage of French ball carrying, England regrouped, built a platform of possession and by the middle of the second half had almost complete control of the game. Although there is much to work on, the composure and maturity showed by the team bodes well for what will be an extremely tough year with games against some of the worlds best U20s teams.

Lock Fletcher will captain the young guns with Worcester scrum half Charlotte Keane as vice captain.

Bennett added: Although there has not previously been an U20s fixture between these two countries, we can expect Scotland to be highly competitive. With this in mind, we will focus our preparation on the essential elements of our game, namely the quality of possession and our decision making at key points. A win would be good but it is the performance that matters most.

England (Club, CB, Division)

15 Rachel Roberts (Gloucester, South West)

14 Katie Mason (Bristol, Somerset, South West)

13 Amy Wilson-Hardy (Bristol, Sussex, South West)

12 Ceri Large (Worcester, South West)

11 Lucy Demaine (Bristol, Devon, South West)

10 Emily Scott (Thurrock, Essex, London & South East)

9 Charlotte Keane (VC) (Worcester, South West)

1 Daniker Willmore (Bristol, South West)

2 Charlie Notman (Newquay Hornets (Queen Bees), Cornwall, South West)

3 SarahGeorge (Bristol, South West)

4 Abbie Scott (Keswick, Cumbria,North)

5 Fiona Fletcher (C) (Lichfield, Staffordshire, Midlands)

6 Kayleigh Callaway-Bawden (Newquay Hornets (Queen Bees), Cornwall, South West)

7 Megan Oaten(Bristol, Gloucestershire, South West)

8 Alexandra Matthews (London Irish, Surrey, London & South East)

Replacements:

16 Geri Thomas (OA Saints, Hertfordshire, London & SE)

17 Emily Kingston (Gloucester, Gloucestershire, South West)

18 Harriet Mills (Lichfield, Staffordshire, Midlands)

19 Hannah Gallagher (Saracens, Hertfordshire, London & South East)

20 Fiona Davidson (Richmond, Surrey, London & South East)

21 Natasha Jones (Lichfield, Staffordshire, Midlands)

22 Leanne Riley (Worcester, North Midlands, Midlands)

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