Head coach Simon Middleton has shuffled virtually everybody in his 40-player squad by means of the primary three video games as he considers his choices.
As we method the enterprise finish of the match, with a World Cup six months away, it’s time for him to disclose his hand.
The again three
The obvious dilemma for Middleton comes within the again three, with Abby Dow struggling a damaged leg in Saturday’s victory towards Wales.
“She is a kind of superhuman ladies that the Purple Roses possess,” he mentioned on BBC Radio 5 Dwell’s Rugby Union Weekly.
“She has that stage of tempo, energy, footwork and agility.”
He mentioned England might “go leaps and bounds above each different group” if they’d “a coordinator” like Rowland “that may unleash the gasoline out on the wings however is a secure pair of fingers” at 15.
Sarah McKenna, who has been deployed on the wing up to now this match, might convey extra expertise to the function, whereas twice-capped Emma Sing remains to be rising into the worldwide recreation.
Middleton has beforehand known as Dow probably the greatest finishers on the planet however fortunately England have others who shine on this space too.
Heather Cowell provides additional depth on the wing and, having been launched, is now prone to be known as again into the squad after Dow’s damage.
The again 5 within the pack
Ward has began at 5 in all three of England’s 2022 Six Nations video games and is the one participant within the squad to have performed each minute of the match up to now.
However there may be immense competitors for the opposite locations and it’ll solely enhance if World Rugby participant of the 12 months Zoe Aldcroft, who can play lock and flanker, returns from damage in time for the Eire recreation.
Captain and quantity eight Sarah Hunter can be within the combine, whereas flanker Marlie Packer put in a player-of-the-match efficiency towards Scotland and is a talismanic presence within the facet.
Sarah Beckett, Alex Matthews, Sadia Kabeya and Vicky Fleetwood have additionally featured however it’s lock Rosie Galligan – returning to Take a look at rugby for the primary time in three years – who has caught Middleton’s eye.
“We did not fairly count on what we bought out of Rosie Galligan,” he mentioned. “She’s nudged her well beyond a number of folks.”
The principle requirement for an England 9 seems to be the flexibility to play with tempo.
Natasha Hunt has been the scrum-half who has finest delivered the high-speed gameplan up to now in a player-of-the-match efficiency towards Italy.
Earlier than Hunt returned to the worldwide recreation after a 17-month break, Leanne Infante appeared to have taken maintain of the beginning 9 shirt.
Lucy Packer has performed in all three video games this 12 months, making her first worldwide begin towards Wales, and put in a very good displaying, however maybe didn’t attain the heights of the extra skilled Hunt.
The gamers could get a relaxation this week, however there may be a lot for Middleton to suppose on earlier than spherical 4.