England starting place for Clapp against Ireland

PUBLISHED: 12:25 25 February 2016 | UPDATED: 12:25 25 February 2016

Saracens and England rugby player Lotte Clapp from Welwyn Garden City

Saracens and England rugby player Lotte Clapp from Welwyn Garden City

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Winger Lotte Clapp will start for England against Ireland at Twickenham in the Women’s Six Nations Championships on Saturday.

The former Sir Frederic Osborn School pupil and Welwyn RFC player, will be making her third Six Nations appearance for her country this year as they look for a third win from three games.

Clapp scored her first senior try in England’s last outing which was a 33-24 victory away to Italy.

Prior to that the world champions had started the championships in style with a 32-0 triumph over Scotland.

Going into the weekend’s game England sit second in the Six Nations table behind France.

England lead coach Scott Bemand is keen to keep his side building into the tournament.

He said: “We have had the time to come together since Italy and work on our game.

“There were areas where things went well, but there were also things which we will need to improve.

“Ireland is going to present a tough challenge this weekend and there will be no margin for error.

“Recent history testifies that our games have been fiercely contested and as a group we are very excited to play at the Home of England Rugby where we look forward to having the support of a home crowd on Saturday.”

Fans are invited to come and watch England Women take on Ireland at Twickenham for free.

The women’s match will kick-off at 7.15pm, following conclusion of the men’s RBS 6 Nations game against Ireland, which gets underway at 4.50pm.

Selected gates will be open at the end of the men’s game to allow free access to view the women’s match.

For those unable to attend, the game will be broadcast live on EnglandRugby.com.


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