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Richmond flanker Alexandra Matthews is set to make her England debut this Saturday when England take on France at the Pierre de Coubertin Stadium in Chateaurenard, kick off 2pm GMT.

Matthews, 18, is one of nine changes, two positional, to the England starting line-up that was defeated 14-5 by France in Wednesday’s uncapped match in Marseille. And as Matthews collects her first cap tomorrow she will become the second member of the Matthews family to be capped for England. Older sister Francesca, who plays on the wing, is also a member of the England Elite Playing Squad and she has gone on to amass 18 caps for her country.

Saracens’ Hannah Gallagher, Lichfield’s Harriet Millar-Mills, Bristol’s Isobel Noel-Smith and Worcester’s Ceri Large could all be set to get their first cap for England too as they have been named on the bench. England also welcome back Emily Scarratt, Georgina Roberts and La Toya Mason to the starting line-up.

England Head Coach Gary Street said: “This is the strongest starting XV we can select from this squad and we will be expecting another tough and extremely physical test against a very motivated French team. We learnt some valuable lessons from Wednesday’s match and some of the players really excelled so they will have another opportunity to show what they can do on Saturday.

“Alex had an outstanding game on Wednesday and I am really excited about her ball carrying skills and defensive qualities that she brings to our game. We also have four uncapped players on the bench and they have brought energy into this squad. With this being our last game ahead of the three autumn international tests against world champions New Zealand this is a huge opportunity for all our players to step up and show what they can do.”

England

15 Kay Wilson (Bristol)

14 Katherine Merchant (Worcester)

13 Georgina Roberts (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks)

12 Emily Scarratt (Lichfield)

11 Michaela Staniford (Wasps)

10 Kimberley Oliver (Bristol)

9 La Toya Mason (Wasps)

1 Rochelle Clark (Worcester)

2 Victoria Fleetwood (Lichfield)

3 Laura Keates (Worcester)

4 Tamara Taylor(Darlington Mowden Park Sharks)

5 Rowena Burnfield (Richmond)

6 Alexandra Matthews (Richmond)

7 Marlie Packer (Bristol)

8 SarahHunter (Lichfield)

Replacements:

16 Amy Turner (Richmond)

17 Rosemarie Crowley (Lichfield)

18 Harriet Millar-Mills (Lichfield)

19 Hannah Gallagher (Saracens)

20 IsobelNoel-Smith (Bristol)

21 Natasha Hunt (Lichfield)

22 Ceri Large (Worcester)

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