England Women have suffered a blow after wing Lydia Thompson was forced to withdraw from the squad, with Natasha Brennan called.
England Women have suffered a blow after wing Lydia Thompson was forced to withdraw from the squad due to injury, with Natasha Brennan called.
Thompson, who scored two in her RWC debut against Samoa last week, pulled up in the warm-up ahead of their second game against Spain.
“This is really unfortunate news for Lydia. She has worked extremely hard to get into this squad and she has come into form at just the right time, scoring two tries on her tournament debut. It is extremely disappointing for Lydia and us but at the same time it is fantastic to be able to call up a player of Natasha's calibre,” said England head coach Gary Street about the replacement.
“Natasha has been part of our World Cup training squad and she missed out by the narrowest of margins when it came to final selection. We are really excited by what Natasha can bring after a fantastic Sevens series last season, where she finished as England's top try scorer.”
Brennan joins the squad with two caps under her belt in XVs. She made her XVs debut against Wales in this year's Six Nations and scored a try on her debut. The 27-year-old is also a regular on the Sevens Series, amassing 12 caps and scoring 16 tries this season.