Katy Daley-Mclean: ‘It’s cool to have 100 caps – women’s rugby has changed so much’

The Loughborough Lightning fly-half will lead England out at Allianz Park on Friday in a sport unrecognisable from 11 years ago

For Katy Daley-Mclean the wheel really has turned the full circle. Eleven years ago England’s fly-half made her first international appearance against Scotland in St Albans, coming off the bench where she had been sitting with another woman player about to make her debut, Sarah Hunter, her friend since they both met as aspiring 14-year-old rugby league players at Gateshead Thunder.

On Friday night Daley-McLean will be the first England player on the pitch at Allianz Park, where she will join the exclusive club of women who have won 100 caps for the Red Roses. Hunter, the England squad captain who will be on the bench again, has already beaten her teammate to 100 caps, a club that includes Rochelle Clark, Amy Garnett and Tamara Taylor.

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