Welwyn, Datchworth and Harependen all represented as England get set to take on Ireland in Six Nations

PUBLISHED: 14:48 30 January 2019

Sarah McKenna will start at full-back for England against Ireland in round one of the Six Nations. Picture: ADAM DAVY/PA

Sarah McKenna will start at full-back for England against Ireland in round one of the Six Nations. Picture: ADAM DAVY/PA

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Former Welwyn juniors Hannah Botterman and Zoe Harrison will be joined by Harpenden’s Sarah McKenna as England take on Ireland in the opening round of the Six Nations.

Hannah Botterman (standing, centre) will start for England against Ireland in the opening round of the Six Nations. Picture: PAUL HARDING/PAHannah Botterman (standing, centre) will start for England against Ireland in the opening round of the Six Nations. Picture: PAUL HARDING/PA

Botterman, who started her career at Datchworth, and McKenna will both start in the match at Donnybrook on Friday while Harrison will take her place as one of the eight replacements.

Zoe Harrison will be one of the replacements for England against Ireland in the opening round of the Six Nations. Picture: PAUL HARDING/PAZoe Harrison will be one of the replacements for England against Ireland in the opening round of the Six Nations. Picture: PAUL HARDING/PA

Head coach Simon Middleton said: “We are looking forward to getting our Six Nations campaign underway and implementing some of the things we have been working on since the Quilter Internationals.

“It is great to have a number of players back in the squad from the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup, as well those newer names who have impressed through the season so far.

“This first game has come a week too soon for a couple of players but this gives us an opportunity to test others, and there were some tough calls over positions.

“Selection has been based on recent form.

“We know that conditions are likely to be testing in Dublin on Friday but we are looking forward to returning to Donnybrook, a ground we know well having lifted the Six Nations Grand Slam there in 2017.

“Whatever the conditions, we will be focussed on the task in hand.”

England match-day 23 against Ireland

15. Sarah McKenna (Saracens Women, 17 caps)

14. Jess Breach (Harlequins Ladies, 2 caps)

13. Emily Scarratt (Loughborough Lightning, 74 caps)

12. Tatyana Heard (Gloucester-Hartpury, 2 caps)

11. Kelly Smith (Gloucester-Hartpury, 5 caps)

10. Katy Daley-Mclean (Loughborough Lightning, 102 caps)

9. Leanne Riley (Harlequins Ladies, 24 caps)

1. Hannah Botterman (Saracens Women, 5 caps)

2. Lark Davies (Worcester Valkyries, 13 caps)

3. Sarah Bern (Bristol Bears Women, 20 caps)

4. Catherine O’Donnell (Loughborough Lightning, 7 caps)

5. Poppy Cleall (Saracens Women, 24 caps)

6. Sarah Beckett (Firwood Waterloo, 1 cap)

7. Marlie Packer (Saracens Women, 61 caps)

8. Sarah Hunter (Loughborough Lightning, 108 caps)

16. Amy Cokayne (Wasps FC Ladies, 41 caps)

17. Bryony Cleall (Saracens Women, uncapped)

18. Shaunagh Brown (Harlequins Ladies, 5 caps)

19. Rosie Galligan (Saracens Women, uncapped)

20. Rowena Burnfield (Richmond Ladies, 47 caps)

21. Natasha Hunt (Gloucester-Hartpury, 41 caps)

22. Zoe Harrison (Saracens Women, 8 caps)

23. Emily Scott (Harlequins Ladies, 23 caps)

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