Women’s Six Nations: England captain Sarah Hunter will start for first time in 13 months

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Venue: Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi, Parma Date: Saturday 10 April Kick-off: 14:00 BST
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England captain Sarah Hunter will return for the first time in 13 months as head coach Simon Middleton makes sweeping changes for Saturday’s Women’s Six Nations match in Italy.

Hunter – back in action after a neural injury and hamstring strain – is one of 10 alterations to the XV that started the 52-10 win against Scotland.

In the backs, Helena Rowland retains her place as England’s starting 10.

England will reach the Women’s Six Nations final with victory in Parma.

England team to play Italy

England: Kildunne; Breach, Scarratt (vice-capt), Jones, Dow; Rowland, Riley; Cornborough, Cokayne, Brown, Aldcroft, O’Donnell, Matthews, Fleetwood, Hunter (capt).

Replacements: Davies, Botterman, B Cleall, Millar-Mills, Cleall, MacDonald, Harrison, McKenna.

More to follow.

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