Marlie Packer poised for one centesimal cap as England identify Girls’s Six Nations aspect to face Italy

The England captain will attain her Check century through the opening weekend of the Girls’s Six Nations

Marlie Packer will earn her one centesimal England cap when the Pink Roses start their Girls’s Six Nations marketing campaign towards Italy on Sunday.

The England captain and flanker made her debut in 2008 and is ready to turn out to be the seventh ladies to succeed in a century of appearances when she leads her nation out at Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi in Parma.

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Packer, who additionally performs for membership aspect Saracens, has scored 43 tries thus far throughout her worldwide profession, which locations her seventh on the all-time checklist.

Forward of her landmark look, head coach John Mitchell paid tribute to the 34-year-old.

“Speaking to Marlie about her journey, she has needed to overcome adversity since her Check debut in 2008,” he stated.

“What has been evident since I first met her is her dedication to succeed has been ingrained in her over the previous 16 years, serving to her obtain she has within the sport.

“She epitomises what it’s to be a Pink Rose.”

England are defending the Grand Slam they gained final yr and are going for a sixth straight Six Nations crown.

They’ve been boosted by the returns of fly-half Zoe Harrison, centre Emily Scarratt and lock Abbie Ward, who haven’t featured for the Pink Roses for the reason that 2022 World Cup ultimate defeat to New Zealand.

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Sadia Kabeya and Lucy Packer are additionally again within the beginning XV after lacking England’s triumph within the inaugural WXV1 match.

Elsewhere, Exeter Chiefs’ Maddie Feaunati has been named on the bench and will make her England debut.

England crew to play Italy in Girls’s Six Nations

Beginning XV: Ellie Kildunne; Abbie Dow, Helena Rowland, Jess Breach; Zoe Harrison, Lucy Packer; Hannah Botterman, Lara Atkin-Davies, Kelsey Clifford, Zoe Aldcroft, Abbie Ward, Sadia Kabeya, Marlie Packer, Sarah Beckett

Replacements: Connie Powell, Mackenzie Carson, Maud Muir, Maddie Feaunati, Alex Matthews, Natasha Hunt, Holly Aitchison, Megan Jones

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