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Bristols Amber Reed and Worcesters Joanne Watmore are set to make their England debuts this Saturday (Nov 3) against France at Esher RFC, kick off 6pm, in the first of England Womens autumn international test matches.

Centre Reed, the niece of former Scotland lock Andy, has been named in the starting line-up while Watmore, a seasoned England Sevens and former Great Britain Rugby League player, is on the bench after a late injury to Bristols Sally Tuson.

Reed, who travelled to Italy for the European Cup this summer but didnt start because of an injury, will start at inside-centre and will join injury-returnee Claire Allan, who will make her first appearance for England at XVs in over two years.

Saturdays clash will also see the return of Heather Fisher, Jane Leonard and Fran Matthews to XVs rugby. Flankers Fisher and Leonard havent run out for England since the 2011 Nations Cup, while Matthews too has been side-lined since 2011.

England Head Coach Gary Street, whose side also play world champions New Zealand on Nov 23, 27 and December 1st, said: This is largely a young and experimental squad as we look to give several Elite Playing Squad (EPS) members a run-out before the three test match series against New Zealand next month.

Playing France is always tough so its a great chance to test the mental strength of the younger players in a big game environment. Its also an opportunity to give game time to several players who are returning to XVs rugby after a long period out with injuries. Although the likes of Heather Fisher, Jane Leonard and Fran Mathews have been playing international sevens, they have not played XVs for quite some time so its great to have them back in the fold. Both Fisher and Leonard are physical, powerful and exciting players that will bring a lot of impact, alongside Sarah Hunter, in our backrow.

Lichfields Hunter will captain England for this match and shell lead a side with the likes of Kate Newton, Emily Braund, Ruth Laybourn and Fiona Davidson all looking to build on the handful of caps they earned at last seasons European Cup. Danielle Waterman has been named as vice-captain.

England last played France in the European Cup final in May and a young England side took a 29-25 victory. With England and France evenly matched with two wins each from last season, Novembers test match should certainly be evenly matched.

Street added: We relish playing France it is always a massive match and I am sure after their European Cup defeat theyll be smarting. They will come over here determined to put one over us on our turf, so this match will be a great challenge against one of our closest rivals.

At the same time, just like last year and just as importantly for us is using this game to prepare for our autumn series against New Zealand. This is a great opportunity for the players to put their hands up for selection but also for us to try out new combinations.


15 Danielle Waterman (VC) (Worcester)

14 Francesca Matthews (Richmond)

13 Claire Allan (Richmond)

12 Amber Reed (Bristol)

11 Ruth Laybourn (Darlington)

10 Alice Richardson (Richmond)

9 Natasha Hunt (Lichfield)

1 Rosemarie Crowley (Lichfield)

2 Emma Croker (Richmond)

3 Kate Newton (Bristol)

4 Rowena Burnfield (Richmond)

5 Emily Braund (Lichfield)

6 Heather Fisher (Worcester)

7 Jane Leonard (Wasps)

8 Sarah Hunter (C) (Lichfield)


16 Victoria Fleetwood (Lichfield)

17 Rochelle Clark (Worcester)

18 Laura Keates (Worcester)

19 Isabelle Noel-Smith (Bristol)

20 Harriet Millar-Mills (Lichfield)

21 Fiona Davidson (Richmond)

22 Ceri Large (Worcester)

23 Joanne Watmore (Worcester)

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