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Cath O'Donnell of Loughborough Lightning
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Cath O'Donnell of Loughborough Lightning
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O’Donnell named in England squad to face Canada

Loughborough Lightning’s Cath O’Donnell has been named amongst the replacement’s for England’s second Summer Series Test against Canada on Saturday at StoneX Stadium (kick-off: 3pm).

Interim head coach Louis Deacon has freshened up his Red Roses starting XV after England defeated the Canadians 50-24 last weekend, with nine new faces coming into the line-up to start.

O’Donnell will be hoping to earn her 29th international cap if she enters the action from the bench. The match will be streamed live on the England Rugby YouTube and Facebook channels.

“It was great to see us put into practice a lot of things we have worked hard on throughout pre-season last week,” said Red Roses attack coach Lou Meadows.

“We were proud of the girls’ ability to back themselves and make smart decisions whilst showing great variety in our attack.

“The exciting thing is we still have room for growth. Every player and member of staff is committed to ensuring we continue to build as a collective.”

England team to face Canada

15 Ellie Kildunne (Harlequins, 35 caps) 
14 Jess Breach (Saracens, 29 caps) 
13 Megan Jones (Leicester Tigers, 13 caps) 
12 Amber Reed (Bristol Bears, 65 caps)
11 Claudia MacDonald (Exeter Chiefs, 29 caps)
10 Holly Aitchison (Bristol Bears, 21 caps)
9 Natasha Hunt (Gloucester-Hartpury, 63 caps)

1 Hannah Botterman (Bristol Bears, 38 caps) 
2 Amy Cokayne (Leicester Tigers, 72 caps)
3 Maud Muir (Gloucester-Hartpury, 21 caps)
4 Zoe Aldcroft (Gloucester-Hartpury, 44 caps)
5 Sarah Beckett (Gloucester-Hartpury, 31 caps) 
6 Morwenna Talling (Sale Sharks, 8 caps)
7 Maisy Allen (Exeter Chiefs, 1 cap)
8 Marlie Packer – captain (Saracens, 95 caps)

16 Connie Powell (Harlequins, 9 caps)
17 Mackenzie Carson (Gloucester-Hartpury, 6 caps)
18 Sarah Bern (Bristol Bears, 58 caps) 
19 Cath O’Donnell (Loughborough Lightning, 28 caps)
20 Rosie Galligan (Saracens, 10 caps)
21 Lucy Packer (Harlequins, 15 caps)
22 Sophie Bridger (Saracens, uncapped)
23 Abby Dow (Trailfinders Women, 36 caps)

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