England Women call up Brennan

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Natasha Brennan

* Brennan set to make WRWC debut

* Thompson withdraws through injury

England Women have called up Richmond wing Natasha Brennan to their 26-woman Rugby World Cup squad.

Brennan replaces Worcester’s Lydia Thompson who has been forced to withdraw from the squad because of a groin injury. Thompson, who scored two tries in her Rugby World Cup debut against Samoa last week, pulled up in the warm-up ahead of England’s second World Cup game against Spain on Tuesday.

England Head Coach Gary Street said: “This is really unfortunate news for Lydia. She has worked extremely hard to get into this squad and she has come into form at just the right time, scoring two tries on her tournament debut. It is extremely disappointing for Lydia and us but at the same time it is fantastic to be able to call up a player of Natasha’s calibre.

“Natasha has been part of our World Cup training squad and she missed out by the narrowest of margins when it came to final selection. We are really excited by what Natasha can bring after a fantastic Sevens series last season, where she finished as England’s top try scorer.”

Brennan joins the England squad with two caps under her belt in XVs. Brennan made her XVs debut against Wales in this year’s Six Nations and scored a try on her debut. The 27-year-old is also a regular on the Sevens World Series having amassed 12 caps and scored 16 tries this season.

 

England’s WRWC results and fixtures:

Friday, August 1
England 65 Samoa 3

Tuesday, August 5
England 45 Spain 5

Saturday, August 9
England v Canada, kick-off 2.45pm BST, Marcoussis, live on Sky Sports 1

Wednesday, August 13
Match 19: 10th Seed v 11th Seed, kick-off 1pm BST, Marcoussis
Match 20: 9th Seed v 12th Seed, kick-off 3.15pm BST, Marcoussis
Match 21: 6th Seed v 7th Seed, kick-off 5.30pm BST, Marcoussis
Match 22: 5th Seed v 8th Seed, kick-off 2.45pm BST, Jean Bouin Stadium
Match 23: 2nd Seed v 3rd Seed, kick-off 5pm BST, Jean Bouin Stadium
Match 24: 1st Seed v 4th Seed, kick-off 7.45pm BST, Jean Bouin Stadium

Sunday, August 17
Loser Match 19 v Loser Match 20, kick-off 11am BST, Marcoussis
Winner Match 19 v Winner Match 20, kick-off 1pm BST, Marcoussis
Loser Match 21 v Loser Match 22, kick-off 3pm BST, Marcoussis
Winner Match 21 v Winner Match 22, kick-off 1.15pm BST, Jean Bouin Stadium
Loser Match 23 v Loser Match 24, kick-off 3.30pm BST, Jean Bouin Stadium
Winner Match 23 v Winner Match 24, kick-off 5.45pm BST, Jean Bouin Stadium

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