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England and Canada announce teams for WXV 1 clash in Dunedin

By Lucy Lomax
England's Alex Matthews (C) is tackled by Australia's Carys Dallinger during the WXV 1 women's rugby union match between England and Australia at Sky Stadium in Wellington on October 20, 2023. (Photo by Grant Down / AFP) (Photo by GRANT DOWN/AFP via Getty Images)

England and Canada have announced their match day 23’s for Friday evening’s clash at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin in round 2 of WXV 1. Both teams head into the game off the back of convincing wins against Australia and Wales respectively.

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The Red Roses make nine changes to their starting line-up, with an all new front row of Mackenzie Carson, Lark Atkin-Davies and Sarah Bern set to start, whilst Canada make small tweaks with Paige Farries coming back into the starting team on the wing and Sarah-Maude Lachance switching to fullback.

After earning her 50th cap against Wales, DaLeaka Menin will start the game at tight head prop, with Alexandria Ellis moving to the bench.

England’s Natasha Hunt, Ellie Kildunne and Claudia MacDonald are set to make their first WXV starts.

Red Roses
15. Ellie Kildunne, 14. Abby Dow, 13. Helena Rowland, 12. Amber Reed, 11. Claudia MacDonald, 10. Holly Aitchison, 9. Natasha Hunt, 1. Mackenzie Carson, 2. Lark Atkin-Davies, 3. Sarah Bern, 4. Zoe Aldcroft, 5. Catherine O’Donnell, 6. Morwenna Talling, 7. Marlie Packer, 8. Alex Matthews

Replacements
16. Connie Powell, 17. Hannah Botterman, 18. Maud Muir, 19. Rosie Galligan, 20. Maisy Allen, 21. Ella Wyrwas, 22. Tatyana Heard, 23. Jess Breach

Canada
15. Sarah-Maude Lachance, 14. Paige Farries, 13. Shoshanah Seumanutafa, 12. Alexandra Tessier, 11. Florence Symonds, 10. Claire Gallagher, 9. Olivia Apps, 1. McKinley Hunt, 2. Emily Tuttosi, 3. DaLeaka Menin, 4. Tyson Beukeboom, 5. Courtney Holtkamp, 6. Gabrielle Senft, 7. Sara Svoboda, 8. Sophie de Goede

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Replacements
16. Gillian Boag, 17. Brittany Kassil, 18. Alexandria Ellis, 19. Ashlynn Smith, 20. Sara Cline, 21. Justine Pelletier, 222. Julia Schell, 23. Madison Grant

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