England Women have named the National Academy squad to play Canada Women A at Cobham RFC tomorrow night (Wednesday 21 November). The game at Fairmile Lane kicks off at 7.30pm and is free of charge - everyone is welcome to come and enjoy the action.
There are three changes to the starting XV who narrowly lost 24-25 to USA last week, with Merryn Doidge moving from the bench to start at full back and Detysha Harper replacing Bryony Cleall, who has been called into the Red Roses squad, at loosehead prop.
Olivia Jones (Loughborough Lightning) moves from full back to right wing, while three additional players have been called in on the bench. Bristol Bears winger Lilly Stoegar-Goddard comes in to the reserves alongside Worcester Valkyries prop Akina Gondwe and Darlington Mowden Park Sharks back row Rianna Manson.
The squad combines a mix of England pathway players and more established names, and is again captained by Richmond FC lock Rowena Burnfield, one of five players with senior international experience'
England Women match-day squad: 15. Merryn Doidge (Bristol Bears Women)*, 14. Olivia Jones (Loughborough Lightning), 13. Shauna Bennett (Gloucester-Hartpury)*, 12. Lauren Cattell (Saracens)**, 11. Georgie Lingham (Saracens), 10. Ellie Green (Harlequins)*, 9. Megan Davey (Loughborough Lightning)*, 1. Detysha Harper (Firwood Waterloo Ladies)*, 2. Clara Nielson (Bristol Bears Women), 3. Sasha Acheson (Gloucester-Hartpury)**, 4. Rowena Burnfield - captain (Richmond FC)** , Rosie Galligan (Saracens), Katherine Hobson (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks), Poppy Leitch (Bristol Bears Women)**, Elizabeth Crake (Wasps FC Ladies).
Replacements: Hannah West (Wasps FC Ladies), Akina Gondwe (Worcester Valkyries)*, Chloe Edwards (Harlequins), Amelia Buckland-Hurry (Bristol Bears Women), Rianna Manson (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks), Caity Mattinson (Bristol Bears Women)**, 22. Lizzie Goulden (Wasps FC Ladies), Lily Stoegar-Goddard (Bristol Bears Women).
* England Women U20 2018/19 squad member
** England Women capped player.