Abe Dow will battle her impressive recovery from injury after being selected to the bench for England’s opening World Cup match against Fiji on Saturday.
The Red Rose winger has not played since breaking her right leg in England’s Six Nations match against Wales in April. But on Wednesday she was selected from among the substitutes in the opening game of the tournament in Auckland.
Flanker Sadia Capia takes her place in the four-man squad that went on to win the 2014 World Cup. The 20-year-old completes a remarkable few weeks, who was picked up on the team ahead of experienced rowers Vicky Fleetwood and Sarah Beckett.Read:CLUB STATEMENT | INVESTIGATION FINDS ABUSE CAME FROM AWAY SUPPORT
The squad will be led by Sarah Hunter, England’s record-chasing Rocky Clark, and Saracens’ Leanne Infante starting the semi-scrum with Zoe Harrison and Helena Rowland to form the 10-12 hub.
“We have selected Round 23 experienced people who we feel are in a good position to get our campaign off to a strong start,” said head coach, Simon Middleton. “We know we could have picked any of the wider team and there are nine players this week with a major supporting role.”
The top-ranked England side, who have run 25 games unbeaten since 2019, will start as an overwhelming favorite against a Fiji side making their World Cup debut.
After being tied in Group C, England also face France and South Africa.