Women’s Six Nations Team Announcement
11th February 2017
Wales vs England
The Welsh ladies head into the second week of the Women’s Six Nations with their coach keeping faith in the team that recorded an opening day win against Italy. There is only change to the team due to injury, as Shona Powell-Hughes is replaced by Alisha Butchers. They will be looking to build on their opening day win in a cracking contest against England, who will provide a stern test of where they are in their progression as a national side, with a chance to extend their current 5 wins from a 5 game streak.
Additionally, the England side are completely unchanged for the fixture, with the most notable team news being Tamara Taylor being set to win her hundredth cap for her country. After coming from behind to secure a strong win in week 1 of the championship, England will want to have a quicker start this week and not let their opposition race into the lead. The star of week 1, Emily Scarratt, starts in midfield and will want to continue the impressive form that she showed last weekend.
France vs Scotland
Scotland only make one change for their second round fixture against France, as hooker Lana Skeldon returns. Although they suffered an opening day defeat to the hands of the Irish, Scotland will want to take a huge amount of that performance into this second weekend.
The French are able to name a completely unchanged starting side with their only changes being Marine Ménager and Annaëlle Deshaye who come on to the bench. France captain, Gaelle Mignot, is hoping for a more competitive battle at the scrum against Scotland after a tough outing at Twickenham last weekend.
Italy vs Ireland
Ireland head to Stadio Tommaso Fattori, L’Aquila on Sunday hoping to make it two from two against Italy. Elaine Anthony and Hannah Tyrell are the two changes to the starting team, who after a tough encounter against Scotland last weekend, will know what they do to sharpen up their performance for the week 2 fixture. They will take plenty of heart from the ability to come through last week’s game and secure both the win and try bonus point right at the end, but will be very wary of the threat that this Italian side pose at home.
Italy make very few changes to their side and will be excited to again try and get the win at home. They held Wales last weekend for extended parts of the game and managed to stop the Welsh from scoring a try bonus point. They will know that this is a strong Ireland side who are going to give them a tough game.