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Emily Scarratt back as captain for England along with nine other changes

• Simon Middleton keen to rotate squad before World Cup knockout stages
• Vicky Fleetwood is the only player still to miss out

Ten tries to kick off the competition but 10 changes for England’s second match of the Women’s World Cup against Italy – the head coach, Simon Middleton, proving as good as his word after pledging to rotate his squad before the knockout stages.

Emily Scarratt comes into the side at outside-centre and assumes the captaincy with Sarah Hunter dropping to the bench, while four of the five players who did not feature at all against Spain last Wednesday – the lock Tamara Taylor, the scrum-half Natasha Hunt, the flanker Marlie Packer and the livewire wing Amy Wilson-Hardy – come straight into the starting lineup.

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