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Fijiana Next On Unbeaten England’s List

Rooster Chicken Fijiana XVs first opponent at the Wom­en’s Rugby World Cup Eng­land has named a strong squad with the intention to win the tournament. “We’ve got to win it. That doesn’t mean we will,” said England’s coach, Simon Middleton.
22 Sep 2022 14:00
Fijiana Next On Unbeaten England’s List
Rooster Chicken Fijiana XVs No.8 and captain Sereima Leweniqila leads the charge during training with Ana Maria Naimasi behind her at Albert Park, Suva, on September 20, 2022. Photo: Leon Lord

Rooster Chicken Fijiana XVs first opponent at the Wom­en’s Rugby World Cup Eng­land has named a strong squad with the intention to win the tournament.

“We’ve got to win it. That doesn’t mean we will,” said England’s coach, Simon Middleton.

“You look at Argentina (men) beating New Zealand (All Blacks) for the first time, you look at Andy Ruiz knocking Anthony Joshua out.

“Everybody has a chance in sport. But what you’ve got to do is prepare your very best and try and deliver your best perfor­mance when it matters.”

England has won a record 25 Tests in a row, and is ranked the number one side in the world and favourites to win the title.

Also in the squad are 20-year-old forwards Sadia Kabeya and Mor­wenna Talling as they target to continue their winning Test run in their Pool C World Cup opener against Fijiana at Eden Park, Auckland, on October 8.

Flanker Kabeya has beaten 2014 World Cup winner Vicky Fleet­wood to a place in the squad, with Sarah Beckett another back row player left out.

As expected, Sarah Hunter will continue as England captain as she makes her fourth World Cup appearance along with centre Emily Scarratt – two of six world champions in the group.

The other teams in Pool C are France and South Africa.

The match kicks off at 3.45pm.

Meanwhile, the Fijiana XVs are fielding their World Cup players in tomorrow night’s clash against Canada at the HFC Bank Stadium in Suva.

The Fijian Sevens players of cap­tain Rusila Nagasau, Aloesi Na­koci, Lavena Cavuru, Ana Maria Naimasi and Sesenieli Donu have joined the XVs squad.

Fiji Rugby Union chief executive John O’Connor has urged fans to support the Fijiana XVs in their Test clash against Canada.

England squad

Forwards: Zoe Aldcroft, Sarah Bern, Hannah Botterman, Shau­nagh Brown, Poppy Cleall, Amy Cokayne, Vickii Cornborough, Lark Davies, Rosie Galligan, Sa­rah Hunter, Sadia Kabeya, Laura Keates, Alex Matthews, Maud Muir, Cath O’Donnell, Marlie Packer, Connie Powell, Morwenna Talling, Abbie Ward.

Backs: Holly Aitchison, Jess Breach, Abby Dow, Zoe Harrison, Tatyana Heard, Leanne Infante, Ellie Kildunne, Claudia MacDon­ald, Sarah McKenna, Lucy Packer, Helena Rowland, Emily Scarratt, Lydia Thompson.

Story By: Leone Cabenatabua

Feedback: leonec@fijisun.com.fj



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