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England make two changes for World Cup semi against Canada

England make two changes for World Cup semi against Canada

England's Claudia MacDonald in action during the Women's World Cup Pool C match of France vs England in Okara Park, Whangarei, New Zealand on Oct 15, 2022. (File photo: Reuters/David Rowland)

Winger Claudia MacDonald has been recalled to the England team for Saturday's (Nov 5) women's Rugby World Cup semi-final against Canada at Auckland's Eden Park after missing the last two matches through injury.

The return of MacDonald, who has scored six tries so far in the tournament, was one of two changes made by coach Simon Middleton for the match to decide who meets France or New Zealand in the final.

In the other, Hannah Botterman starts at loosehead prop alongside hooker Amy Cokayne and Sarah Bern in the front row, while Vickii Cornborough drops to the bench.

"If you see an opportunity to improve or create different pictures that you believe could benefit the team's performance, you have to be brave enough with your selections to make those calls," Middleton said.

"Canada are an opponent we know well with great pedigree and history in the women's game. We know they are a strong side."

Canada, who have the unenviable task of trying to stop England's winning streak at 29 matches, have made only one change to the team that beat the United States in the quarter-finals last week.

Coach Kevin Rouet has brought flanker Sara Svoboda onto his bench for winger Pamphinette Buisa, leaving only Anais Holly to cover the backline positions for what is expected to be a titanic forward clash with the English.

Canada have not beaten tournament favourites England in eight matches going back to a 52-17 victory in Salt Lake City in 2016 and lost the 2014 World Cup final to the Red Roses.

Source: Reuters/st

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