Red Roses head coach Simon Middleton announces squad for second clash with France

The Red Roses beat France 20-10 last weekend (PA Images)
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England rugby head coach Simon Middleton has named his squad ahead of his side's second Autumn International against France.

The Red Roses beat France 20-10 at the Stade Marcel Michelin in Clermont last weekend, the first victory they have picked up away to the French in seven years.

Speaking ahead of the return clash, Middleton said: "We were delighted to secure our first win in France since 2012. The players put a real shift in and stuck to the plan.

“France had the lion’s share of both the possession and field position last week, which we countered with a very good defensive performance. 

"This week, we will be looking to address both those balances and with it, show more of our attacking capabilities."

The Red Roses are playing at Sandy Park in Exeter on Saturday for the second time ever.

The last time they played there they recorded a Women's Six Nations attendance record as 10,545 fans turned out to watch England beat Italy 55-0.

England vs France kicks off at 1:10pm on Saturday and you can read a full report of the match right here on the NewsChain website.

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Full squad:

Starting 15: 1- Hannah Botterman, 2- Lark Davies, 3- Sarah Bern, 4- Zoe Aldcroft, 5- Abbie Scott, 6- Sarah Beckett, 7- Marlie Packer, 8- Sarah Hunter (C), 9- Leanne Riley, 10- Katy Daley-Mclean, 11- Abby Dow, 12- Zoe Harrison, 13- Emily Scarratt (VC), 14- Lydia Thompson, 15- Sarah McKenna.

Replacements: 16- Heather Kerr, 17- Ellena Perry, 18- Shaunagh Brown, 19- Poppy Cleall, 20- Vicky Fleetwood, 21- Natasha Hunt, 22- Emily Scott, 23- Jess Breach, 24- Detysha Harper [Non-playing reserve]