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Wholesale changes from England

04th February 2014 14:19

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Emily Scarratt right New Zealand v England 1st Test 2013

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England Women's head coach Gary Street has made wholesale changes for their Six Nations clash against Scotland in Aberdeen on Sunday.

Only skipper Katy Mclean, Rachael Burford and Emily Scarratt, who moves to full-back, start a second successive game whilst vice-captain Sarah Hunter and flanker Marlie Packer are also given the nod again.

England duo Mercedes Foy and Sasha Acheson could be set to make their Six Nations debuts as they are named on the bench. Joanne McGilchrist also returns to international action for the first time this season.

"After a thoroughly disappointing opener to France, it is vital that we bounce back against Scotland and get our Six Nations campaign back on track," said Street, whose side were defeated 18-6 by France on Saturday.

"There are lots of changes to this team but I was always planning on using the majority of our World Cup training squad over the first two games. This is a chance for all the players to put their hands up for the game against Ireland at Twickenham on February 22.

"We've had a good hard look at the game and we are certainly looking to improve in all areas on Sunday but especially around the breakdown. We know we can and will improve, and we have got a big point to prove on Sunday.

"We know Scotland will be up for it at home and need to come out firing. We will not lack any motivation for the game. I want to get our season back on track and show the quality we know we have."

England: 15 Emily Scarratt, 14 Lydia Thompson, 13 Amber Reed, 12 Rachael Burford, 11 Claire Allan, 10 Katy Mclean (c), 9 La Toya Mason, 8 Sarah Hunter, 7 Marlie Packer, 6 Hannah Gallagher, 5 Joanne McGilchrist, 4 Rebecca Essex, 3 Laura Keates, 2 Victoria Fleetwood, 1 Claire Purdy.
Replacements: 16 Mercedes Foy, 17 Sophie Hemming, 18 Sasha Acheson, 19 Emily Braund, 20 Margaret Alphonsi, 21 Georgina Gulliver, 22 Ceri Large, 23 Kay Wilson.

Date: Sunday, February 9
Kick-off: 14:00 GMT
Venue: Rubislaw Playing Fields, Aberdeen
Referee: Christine Bigaran (France)
Assistant referees: Alex Pratt (Scotland), Don Macpherson (Scotland)
Referee: Wayne Erickson (Australia)

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