Lotte Clapp keeps England starting place for Ireland test

PUBLISHED: 14:12 12 November 2015 | UPDATED: 14:12 12 November 2015

Lotte Clapp. Picture by Rugbymatters

Lotte Clapp. Picture by Rugbymatters


Welwyn Garden City’s Lotte Clapp has retained her England women’s rugby starting place for Saturday’s autumn international with Ireland after making her debut last weekend.

The 20-year-old ex-Welwyn RFC winger impressed in the 11-0 loss away to France and will line-up for England, as will another former Welwyn player in Hannah Gallagher, at the Twickenham Stoop on Saturday, the match will be shown live on

There are three changes to the starting England XV which lost to the French, with World Cup winners La Toya Mason and Emma Croker set to run out at The Stoop, accompanied by Justin Lucas who replaces the injured Laura Keates.

Lead coach Scott Bemand said: “The girls are excited to be running out on Saturday for the second weekend in a row against what will be a tough match against Ireland.

“In the last game we were able to create a number of opportunities against France but unfortunately just a little bit of composure cost us.

“But the fact that we’re creating those opportunities means the girls are growing in confidence.

“This is a group that have been together since the tour of Canada in the summer so we are building nicely.

“We are starting to see the quality coming through in the younger players coupled with the experience of the older ones which is great to see.

“It’s another great opportunity for them to perform in a test match environment.”

The starting XV is: Sarah McKenna; Katie Mason, Lauren Cattell, Ceri Large, Charlotte Clapp; Emily Scott, La Toya Mason; Rochelle Clarke, Emma Croker , Justine Lucas , Tamara Taylor, Abbie Scott, Hannah Gallagher, Marlie Packer, Sarah Hunter (C).

Replacements: Amy Cokayne, Vicki Cornborough, Heather Kerr, Harriet Millar-Mills, Izzy Noel-Smith, Leanne Riley, Rachel Lund, Ruth Laybourn.

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