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6 Nations - Round 2 Team news

All the team news as we get it for round 2 of the women's 6 Nations


England v Wales
Twickenham Stoop, Sat, 10 February, 12:15 GMT

Elinor Snowsill and Sioned Harries are both named to start  this game, with the experienced duo having returned from 7s duty in Australia last week.

They are two of three changes to the team that beat Scotland by a point in the opening round. Snowsill replaces Jodie Evans at fullback and Harries, who will win her 50th cap, starts for Natalia John.

The other change sees Rhiannon Parker start at scrum-half.

Phillips said: "England are a strong and settled team, who have already made a statement with a powerful, impressive win in Italy, but we need to focus on our game and build on a promising performance in Colwyn Bay. 

"It's up to us to learn from past experiences and show that we can continue to grow as a team.

"It'll be a step up again for us this weekend at the Stoop. We know that. We're really excited for the challenge and that's been reflected in the way we've trained this week."

England meanwhiel have made two changes to their starting XV plus two further positional changes, Charlotte Pearce starts on the wing and Amy Cokayne starts at hooker, and the other changes see Danielle Waterman moves from wing to full-back, with Ellie Kildunne switching from 15 to outside centre. Lagi Tuima, 19 is named on the bench. 

Match Facts
- England have won seven of the last eight Six Nations meetings between these sides, a 13-0 defeat in 2015 being the only blemish in that run.
- England have won all five of their home games against Wales in the current format of the Six Nations, averaging 35 points per game.
- Wales are aiming to open their Six Nations campaign with two victories for the first time since 2015; their first two opponents that year were also England and Scotland.
- England have won 26 of their 28 home games in the Six Nations since the beginning of 2007, with only France (twice) travelling to England and claiming victory.
- In contrast, Wales have lost six of their last seven away games with their solitary victory in that run coming against Italy in Round 1, 2017

England: 15 Danielle Waterman 14 Abigail Dow, 13 Ellie Kildunne 12 Rachael Burford, 11 Charlotte Pearce, 10 Katy Daley-Mclean, 9 Leanne Riley; 1 Rochelle Clark, 2 Amy Cokayne, 3 Sarah Bern, 4 Abbie Scott, 5 Tamara Taylor, 6 Poppy Cleall, 7 Marlie Packer, 8 Sarah Hunter (c).
Replacements: 16 Lark Davis, 17 Vicky Cornborough, 18 Justine Lucas, 19 Rowena Burnfield, 20 Izzy Noel-Smith, 21 Caity Mattinson, 22 Zoe Harrison, 23 Lagi Tuima.

Wales: Elinor Snowsill (Dragons); Hannah Bluck (Cardiff Blues), Kerin Lake (Ospreys), Rebecca De Filippo (Dragons), Jess Kavanagh-Williams (RGC); Robyn Wilkins (Ospreys), Rhiannon Parker (Cardiff Blues); Caryl Thomas (Scarlets), Carys Phillips (Ospreys, capt), Amy Evans (Ospreys), Siwan Lillicrap (Ospreys), Mel Clay (Ospreys), Alisha Butchers (Scarlets), Beth Lewis (Scarlets), Sioned Harries (Scarlets).
Replacements: Kelsey Jones (Ospreys), Gwenllian Pyrs (RGC), Cerys Hale (Dragons), Natalia John (Ospreys), Nia Elen Davies (Scarlets), Jade Knight (Scarlets), Lleucu George (Scarlets), Hannah Jones (Scarlets)

Scotland v France
Scotstoun, Saturday February 10, 7:05PM

France make two changes to their team, both up front, with Audrey Forlani starting instead of Celine Ferer, having made a big impression from the bench last week while Patricia Carricaburu will start in the front row in place of Julie Duval.

Milena Soloch and Fiona Lecat are named on the bench. 

France skipper Gaelle Hermet is certainly not underestimating a Scottish side they downed 55-0 last year. "We are very pleased to have won against Ireland to kick things off. That was our first goal and we are feeling good," she said.

"But having watched Scotland against Wales, you can see that they love to spread the ball. We will have to be on our guard, particularly defensively." 

Scotland coach Shade Munro makes two changes.  Lana Skeldon and Sarah Law join the starting line having impressed off the bench last weekend. 

Law comes in at scrum-half having slotted the conversion that took Scotland within a point of their opposition in their opening match while Skeldon comes in at hooker in place of Rachel Malcolm who moves to blindside flanker.

Munro, said: “This week’s game is another opportunity to test ourselves tactically, mentally and physically against the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup semi-finalists. It’s our first Six Nations game at Scotstoun but we have played here before and the atmosphere and facilities are fantastic. We’re sure the crowd will get right behind the team.”

In the backline, captain Lisa Martin switches to fly-half and last week’s ten, Helen Nelson, moves to inside centre.

Match Facts 
- France have won 10 of their 11 Six Nations games against Scotland in the current format (since 2007), winning the last seven in a row.
- In those seven victories France have conceded just three points in total, with Scotland failing to score in each of the last six meetings between the two; France have scored 342 points across those seven wins.
- Scotland have won each of their last two home games in the Six Nations, both victories coming by fewer than three points.
- France have won their last three Six Nations games but have not won four in a row since winning nine on the bounce from 2013 to 2015.
- France haven’t won their first away game of a Six Nations campaign since 2015 (v Ireland), losing to Wales in 2016 and England in 2017. 

Scotland: 15. Chloe Rollie 14. Liz Musgrove 13. Lisa Thomson 12. Helen Nelson 11. Rhona Lloyd 10. Lisa Martin 9. Sarah Law 1. Jade Konkel 2. Lana Skeldon 3. Megan Kennedy 4. Emma Wassell 5. Deborah McCormack  6. Rachel Malcolm 7. Hannah Smith 8. Sarah Bonar 
Replacements: 16. Jodie Rettie 17. Siobhan McMillan  18. Lindsey Smith 19. Mags Lowish  20. Louise McMillan 21. Siobhan Cattigan  22. Jenny Maxwell  23. Lauren Harris

France: 15. Jessy Trémoulière 14. Caroline Boujard 13. Jade Le Pesq 12. Camille Boudaud11. Cyrielle Banet 10. Pauline Bourdon 9. Yanna Rivoalen 8. Romane Ménager 7. Gaelle Hermet (cap) 6. Marjorie Mayans 5. Audrey Forlani 4. Safi N'Diaye 3. Patricia Carricaburu 2. Agathe Sochat 1. Lise Arricastre
Replacements 16. Milena Soloch 17. Maylis Traore 18. Julie Duval 19. Celine Ferer 20. Fiona Lecat 21. Emma Coudert 22. Gabrielle Vernier 23. Marine Ménager

Ireland v Italy
Donnybrook, Dublin Sunday, 11 February, 13:00 GMT

After their disappointing opening performance, Ireland have made three changes for their clash with Italy.  Paula Fitzpatrick and Nichola Fryday replace injured Ciara Cooney and Orla Fitzsimons in the second row while Katie Fitzhenry starts in the centre, having returned from 7s action in Sydney last weekend. 

There are also additions to the bench where uncapped duo Edel McMahon and Michelle Claffey drafted into the match-day squad along with Nicole Cronin as Mary Healy, Ulster's Nikki Caughey and Mairead Coyne drop out.

Coach Adam Griggs said: 

"It's always hard to go to there and get a result and while we were disappointed in some aspects of our execution, there was plenty to learn from and build on for this week."

"There were a number of new combinations and while that will take time to bed in we are focused on improving our performance for the first of three home games in Donnybrook."

Match Facts
- Ireland have won all 11 encounters between these sides in the Six Nations, those victories coming by an average margin of 19 points.
- Ireland lost their last Six Nations home game, against England last year, however they’ve not lost consecutive matches in Ireland since 2011 (v France & England).
- Italy have lost their last six matches in the Six Nations, however their most recent win came away from home, against Wales in 2016.
- Only once have Italy won their Round 2 fixture in the Six Nations (L11), that victory coming back in 2013 in Scotland (8-0).
- Ireland are aiming to avoid opening their campaign with consecutive losses for the first time since 2007, when Italy joined the Championship. 

Ireland: Kim Flood (Leinster); Megan Williams (Leinster), Katie Fitzhenry (Leinster), Sene Naoupu (Leinster), Alison Miller (Connacht); Niamh Briggs (Munster), Ailsa Hughes (Leinster); Lindsay Peat (Leinster), Cliodhna Moloney (Leinster), Fiona Reidy (Munster); Paula Fitzpatrick (Leinster), Nichola Fryday (Connacht); Anna Caplice (Munster), Claire Molloy (Connacht), Ciara Griffin (Munster) capt.

Replacements: Leah Lyons (Munster), Laura Feely (Connacht), Ciara O'Connor (Connacht), Orla Fitzsimons (Leinster), Edel McMahon (Connacht), Nicole Cronin (Munster), Michelle Claffey (Leinster), Claire McLaughlin (Ulster)