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Hunter set to lead England against Barbarians at Twickenham

Hunter set to lead England against Barbarians at Twickenham

England’s 2019 Grand Slam winning captain Sarah Hunter will lead the Red Roses in their first fixture since achieving Six Nations glory when they face Barbarians for an historic first encounter.

Simon Middleton’s side will face famed Baa-Baas at Twickenham on Sunday June 2 with a raft of Six Nations stars in their midst.

Hunter, who has over 12 years of international experience under her belt, will be joined in the pack by flanker Poppy Cleall and front-rower Sarah Bern.

Meanwhile in the backs Zoe Harrison will line up as fly-half with Sarah McKenna at full-back.

Facing them will be an eight-strong England contingent including the likes of Danielle Waterman, fly-half Ceri Large, lock Tamara Taylor and prop Laura Keates, who have 309 Test appearances between them and are all set for their Barbarians debuts.

Full-back Waterman was a seven-time Six Nations winner with England before retiring from international rugby last year and is in the stellar company of former Red Roses skipper Taylor and two-time Six Nations champion with Ireland, Claire Molloy.

Welsh duo Jasmie Joyce – a tryscorer in Wales’ victory over Ireland in this year’s Championship – and Elinor Snowsill have also been included in the squad to face England alongside Ireland’s deadliest weapon Sene Naoupu.

“This is the first time England have played the Barbarians and we know it will be a fantastic occasion,” said Middleton.

“The Barbarians side is really experienced with 946 caps between the players which will make the game a real challenge.

“The Red Roses want to play the best possible teams and a Barbarians side with this level of strength and depth will guarantee a testing encounter.

“Our last run out at Twickenham against Scotland in the Six Nations produced an incredibly impressive performance by the team and although we’re fielding a very changed side, with several players out due to injury, Sunday’s game will be a great opportunity for younger players to step up.

“This match is an important next step in our summer tour preparations and in the longer term as we build up to the Women’s Rugby World Cup in 2021.”

England Women team to face Barbarians

15. Sarah McKenna
14. Lydia Thompson
13. Lagi Tuima
12. Amber Reed
11. Kelly Smith
10. Zoe Harrison
9. Leanne Riley

1. Hannah Botterman
2. Lark Davies
3. Sarah Bern
4. Zoe Aldcroft
5. Abbie Scott
6. Poppy Cleall
7. Jo Brown
8. Sarah Hunter (Captain)


16. Clara Nielson
17. Ellena Perry
18. Chloe Edwards
19. Rosie Galligan
20. Rowena Burnfield
21. Natasha Hunt
22. Tatyana Heard
23. Carys Williams

Barbarians Squad to face England

15. Danielle Waterman
14. Jasmine Joyce
13. Emily Wood
12. Sene Naopou
11. Tova Derk
10. Elinor Snowsill
9. Kristina Sue

1. Rochelle Clark
2. Fiao’o Fa’Amausili
3. Steph Te Ohaere-Fox
4. Carmen Farmer
5. Dalena Dennison
6. Justine Lavea
7. Claire Molloy
8. Linda Itunu (captain)


16. Heather Kerr
17. Laura Keates
18. Gaelle Mignot
19. Tamara Taylor
20. Georgina Gulliver
21. Hannah Casey
22. Ceri Large
23. Kayla Akhi