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Bristol Ladies Named In England Side

Published on 22nd November 2012 by Tom Tainton

Packer and Hemming to face New Zealand


Two Bristol Ladies have been named in the England’s starting line-up to take on world champions New Zealand for Friday’s series opener at Esher RFC (7.30pm KO).

Marlie Packer (pictured) starts in the back row, while prop Sophie Hemming is included among the replacements.

“We have got three tough games to get through over the next eight days and I have got to put out a strong side for each occasion and that is what I am doing from the outset,” said Head Coach Gary Street.

“It’s great to be able to welcome back some seasoned campaigners who I think are world class players.

“We made the decision to rest certain squad members against France so I expect them to now come back into the fold and bring pace, power and energy to the team.

“The great thing about the England programme is that we have got great strength and depth in our squad now and you can see that from our bench,” added Street.

“For us it is invaluable when you are taking on a side as good as New Zealand that you can bring on players with this sort of experience.”