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Sadia Kabeya of Loughborough Lightning.
Sadia Kabeya of Loughborough Lightning.
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Sadia Kabeya starts at openside flanker for Red Roses against Scotland

Sadia Kabeya has been selected to start for the Red Roses against Scotland in Round 3 of the Guinness Women’s Six Nations.

It will be the Loughborough Lightning flanker’s third appearance of this season’s tournament after featuring from the off against Italy and Wales.

On the occasion of her 16th England cap, Kabeya switches from blindside to openside flanker, with Zoe Aldcroft wearing six and captaining the side at Hive Stadium on Saturday 13 April (kick-off: 2.15pm).

Abbie Ward is promoted to the starting line-up to fill Aldcroft’s spot in the second row, while hooker Amy Cokayne returns to the international stage for the first time in 12 months.

Head Coach John Mitchell said: “The fallow week presented a moment to reflect on the opening rounds and grow the elements of our game.
 
“Our learnings all build towards evolving our performance. We are looking forward to building on this and taking another step forward together against Scotland this weekend.” 

RED ROSES TEAM TO SCOTLAND
Saturday 13 April, 2024
Hive Stadium, Edinburgh
Kick-off: 2.15pm

15 Ellie Kildunne (Harlequins, 40 caps)
14 Abby Dow (Trailfinders Women, 42 caps)
13 Megan Jones (Leicester Tigers, 18 caps)
12 Tatyana Heard (Gloucester-Hartpury, 19 caps)
11 Jess Breach (Saracens, 35 caps)
10 Holly Aitchison (Bristol Bears, 27 caps)
9 Natasha Hunt (Gloucester-Hartpury, 69 caps)

1 Hannah Botterman (Bristol Bears, 44 caps)
2 Amy Cokayne (Leicester Tigers, 72 caps)
3 Maud Muir (Gloucester-Hartpury, 27 caps)
4 Rosie Galligan (Saracens, 15 caps)
5 Abbie Ward (Bristol Bears, 63 caps)
6 Zoe Aldcroft (Gloucester-Hartpury, 50 caps) - captain
7 Sadia Kabeya (Loughborough Lightning, 15 caps)
8 Alex Matthews (Gloucester-Hartpury, 63 caps)

Replacements

16 Connie Powell (Harlequins, 16 caps)
17 Mackenzie Carson (Gloucester-Hartpury, 12 caps)
18 Kelsey Clifford (Saracens, 5 caps)
19 Maddie Feaunati (Exeter Chiefs, 2 caps)
20 Marlie Packer (Saracens, 101 caps)
21 Lucy Packer (Harlequins, 18 caps)
22 Zoe Harrison (Saracens, 48 caps)
23 Sydney Gregson (Saracens, 4 caps)

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