FORMER Ellingham & Ringwood and Salisbury player Poppy Cleall has been named in a 23-strong England women's squad for their opening 2017 Six Nations match with France this weekend.
The Bristol player, who has seven England caps to date, hopes to be in the Red Roses side for the Twickenham opener, which kicks off at approximately 7.35pm, shortly after their male counterparts' encounter.
England head coach Simon Middleton, said: “With 994 international caps between them, this is a strong England squad with a wealth of experience.
"Preparation has been good, having had ten days training as a group already. We feel ready to take on France, a side we know well. The Six Nations is an exciting and competitive tournament and we look forward to getting the campaign underway in front of a home crowd at Twickenham.”
The two sides have faced each other twice since last year’s Six Nations, which was won by France following a championship decider between the two sides in Vannes. A last-gasp try in the Women's Rugby Super Series allowed England to exact revenge on their Six Nations loss in Salt Lake City last summer, running out 17-13 winners before following up with a 10-5 victory at the Twickenham Stoop in the opening game of the Old Mutual Wealth Series in November.
Entrance to England Women v France at Twickenham on Saturday is free following the conclusion of the men’s game.
The match is being broadcast live on Sky Sports Mix.