|Venue: Sandy Park, Exeter Dates: Saturday, 23 September Kick-off: 14:30 BST|
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England hooker Lark Atkin-Davies will earn her fiftieth cap when the Purple Roses play Canada within the first recreation of a two-Check collection at Sandy Park on Saturday.
Their most up-to-date assembly was final yr’s Rugby World Cup semi-final in Auckland, which England received.
Flanker Marlie Packer continues as captain in Exeter, following a Grand Slam-winning Six Nations marketing campaign.
Bristol Bears’ Holly Aitchison is at fly-half with Zoe Harrison persevering with her rehabilitation from a knee damage.
The sport would be the Purple Roses’ first for the reason that Six Nations, earlier than they journey to New Zealand to compete within the WXV event launching in October.
Atkin-Davies, who made her debut for her nation in 2015, is joined by props Mackenzie Carson and Sarah Bern within the entrance row.
“Lark’s milestone look is a large credit score to her arduous work, dedication, and want to be the most effective model of herself each time she pulls on an England shirt,” mentioned interim head coach Louis Deacon, with Japan males’s assistant coach John Mitchell taking on as soon as the Rugby World Cup concludes.
“She brings nice power to the group and we’re actually happy she will get the chance to expire for her fiftieth look.”
The backline has just one change from the beginning XV that beat France at Twickenham in April to clinch the Grand Slam, with Saracens’ Jess Breach changing Claudia MacDonald on the wing.
On the bench, Exeter again row Maisy Allen may make her debut and Leicester Tigers’ Megan Jones returns following her time with Nice Britain’s ladies’s sevens crew.
Deacon confirmed flanker Sadia Kabeya has sustained a hamstring damage however is “progressing properly” and in a “robust place” to go to the WXV event.
Alex Matthews, Flo Robinson, Amy Cockayne and Poppy Cleall are additionally unavailable for choice.
England crew to play Canada: Kildunne; Breach, Rowland, Heard, Dow; Aitchison, L Packer; Carson, Atkin-Davies, Bern, Galligan, O’Donnell, Talling, M Packer (capt), Aldcroft.
Replacements: Powell, Botterman, Muir, Beckett, Allen, Hunt, Jones, MacDonald.