Feaunati in Line for England Women's Debut in Six Nations

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Exeter Chiefs Women's Maddie Feaunati could make her England Women debut this weekend as she is named on the bench for their Six Nations opener.

Marlie Packer will earn her 100th international cap when she captains the Red Roses against Italy in the opening round of the Guinness Women’s Six Nations on Sunday.

The Saracens back row debuted for her country in 2008 and becomes the seventh woman to achieve the centurion milestone for England.

“Reaching 100 caps for your country is an awesome achievement,” Head Coach John Mitchell said.

“Talking to Marlie about her journey, she has had to overcome adversity since her Test debut in 2008. What has been evident since I first met her is her determination to succeed has been ingrained in her over the past 16 years, helping her achieve she has in the game.

“She epitomises what it is to be a Red Rose.”

Zoe Harrison, Emily Scarratt and Abbie Ward all return to a Red Roses starting XV for the first time since the Rugby World Cup final in November 2022, while Kelsey Clifford is in for her maiden Test start.

Back row Sadia Kabeya and scrum-half Lucy Packer appear in the squad after missing WXV due to injury. Amongst the replacements, Maddie Feaunati could make her Red Roses debut.

“We are excited to get going in what is an awesome tournament,” Mitchell added.

“We are focused on improving our performance. We want to get quicker at our game, we want to create more pressure on the opposition, and we want to present attacking opportunities. Italy is our first opportunity to put into practice what we are aiming to achieve.”

Red Roses:

15 Ellie Kildunne (Harlequins, 38 caps)

14 Abby Dow (Trailfinders Women, 40 caps)

13 Helena Rowland (Loughborough Lightning, 28 caps)

12 Emily Scarratt (Loughborough Lightning, 108 caps)

11 Jess Breach (Saracens, 33 caps)

10 Zoe Harrison (Saracens, 46 caps)

9 Lucy Packer (Harlequins, 16 caps)

1 Hannah Botterman (Bristol Bears, 42 caps)

2 Lark Atkin-Davies (Bristol Bears, 54 caps)

3 Kelsey Clifford (Saracens, 3 caps)

4 Zoe Aldcroft (Gloucester-Hartpury, 48 caps)

5 Abbie Ward (Bristol Bears, 61 caps)

6 Sadia Kabeya (Loughborough Lightning, 13 caps)

7 Marlie Packer (Saracens, 99 caps)

8 Sarah Beckett (Gloucester-Hartpury, 34 caps)


16 Connie Powell (Harlequins, 14 caps)

17 Mackenzie Carson (Gloucester-Hartpury, 10 caps)

18 Maud Muir (Gloucester-Hartpury, 25 caps)

19 Maddie Feaunati (Exeter Chiefs, uncapped)

20 Alex Matthews (Gloucester-Hartpury, 62 caps)

21 Natasha Hunt (Gloucester-Hartpury, 67 caps)

22 Holly Aitchison (Bristol Bears, 25 caps)

23 Megan Jones (Leicester Tigers, 16 caps)

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