Taylor to make 100th appearance for England

Date published: February 8 2017

Tamara Taylor will make her 100th international appearance on Saturday when England Women take on Wales in the Six Nations at Cardiff Arms Park.

Taylor, who earned her first cap for the Red Roses in New Zealand in October 2005, is appearing in her 10th Six Nations competition.

Head coach Simon Middleton has made no changes to the 23 that saw off France 26-13 at Twickenham Stadium in the opening round of the championship on Saturday.

"I was pleased with the way we refocused at half time last week and the accuracy, discipline and execution of the game plan was far closer to the standards we are looking to achieve," Middleton told the RFU website.

"It is essential this week that we don’t leave that performance until the second half. We have spoken about how we want to start the game this week, about being more consistent in our accuracy and execution."

The Red Roses came back from a 0-13 half time deficit through tries from Danielle Waterman and Amy Wilson Hardy and 16 points off the boot of Emily Scarratt.

Wales opened their Six Nations campaign with a 20-8 victory in Italy.

"Wales come to the game on a roll having built a run of five wins from five," added Middleton. "They are a tough side to play at home but we are confident in our preparation and the quality of the 23 players we are sending out on Saturday."

This is the first time the two sides have faced each other since the 2016 Six Nations. The Red Roses beat Wales on that occasion 20-13 at the Twickenham Stoop.

England: 15 Danielle Waterman, 14 Lydia Thompson, 13 Emily Scarratt, 12 Amber Reed, 11 Amy Wilson Hardy, 10 Katy Mclean, 9 Natasha Hunt, 8 Sarah Hunter(c) 7 Marlie Packer, 6 Izzy Noel-Smith, 5 Tamara Taylor, 4 Harriet Millar-Mills, 3 Laura Keates, 2 Amy Cokayne, 1 Rochelle Clark
Replacements: 16 Vicky Fleetwood, 17 Justine Lucas, 18 Sarah Bern, 19 Zoe Aldcroft, 20 Poppy Cleall, 21 La Toya Mason, 22 Emily Scott, 23 Rachael Burford

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