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Women's Six Nations: Emily Scarratt and Abbie Ward return in Red Roses squad which names three uncapped players

Red Roses 2024 Women's Six Nations squad: Uncapped trio Maddie Feaunati, Lizzie Hanlon and Vicky Laflin named; Centre Emily Scarratt and lock Abbie Ward make headline returns; Tighthead Sarah Bern and scrum-half Claudia MacDonald out injured

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Image: Emily Scarratt and Abbie Ward have both made returns to England Women's Six Nations squad

Emily Scarratt and Abbie Ward have been included in John Mitchell's first Red Roses Women's Six Nations squad, which contains three uncapped players.

Centre Scarratt returns after a lengthy period out following neck surgery, while second row Ward is back after giving birth in July.

The squad's uncapped players are back-row Maddie Feaunati and hooker Lizzie Hanlon in the forwards, and wing/full-back Vicky Laflin among the backs.

Fly-half Zoe Harrison is another to return to the squad after injury, while back-row Poppy Cleall, who was left out of a January training camp for the Six Nations despite being fit, is included.

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Red Roses head coach John Mitchell discusses his role as the side chase their sixth straight Six Nations title

Tighthead prop Sarah Bern and scrum-half Claudia MacDonald are two of England's biggest names and will miss the entirety of the competition through injury.

In Mitchell's first Six Nations, England are seeking another Grand Slam after Simon Middleton led them to a clean sweep in his final year in charge of the side.

England tighthead prop Sarah Bern will miss the championship through injury
Image: England tighthead prop Sarah Bern will miss the championship through injury

England are looking to achieve a sixth Six Nations title in a row, and third Grand Slam in succession.

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The Red Roses get their Six Nations title defence under way against Italy on March 24 in Parma.

Red Roses' 2024 Women's Six Nations Squad

Forwards (19): Zoe Aldcroft (Gloucester-Hartpury, 48 caps), Lark Atkin-Davies (Bristol Bears, 54 caps), Sarah Beckett (Gloucester-Hartpury, 34 caps), Hannah Botterman (Bristol Bears, 42 caps), Mackenzie Carson (Gloucester-Hartpury, 10 caps), Poppy Cleall (Saracens, 65 caps), Kelsey Clifford (Saracens, 3 caps), Amy Cokayne (Leicester Tigers, 72 caps), Maddie Feaunati (Exeter Chiefs, uncapped), Rosie Galligan (Saracens, 14 caps), Lizzie Hanlon (Exeter Chiefs, uncapped), Sadia Kabeya (Loughborough Lightning, 13 caps), Alex Matthews (Gloucester-Hartpury, 62 caps), Maud Muir (Gloucester-Hartpury, 25 caps), Cath O'Donnell (Loughborough Lightning, 30 caps), Marlie Packer (Saracens, 99 caps), Connie Powell (Harlequins, 14 caps), Morwenna Talling (Sale Sharks, 11 caps), Abbie Ward (Bristol Bears, 61 caps)

Backs (16): Holly Aitchison (Bristol Bears, 25 caps), Sophie Bridger (Saracens, 2 caps), Jess Breach (Saracens, 33 caps), Abby Dow (Trailfinders Women, 40 caps), Sydney Gregson (Saracens, 3 caps), Zoe Harrison (Saracens, 46 caps), Tatyana Heard (Gloucester-Hartpury, 18 caps), Natasha Hunt (Gloucester-Hartpury, 67 caps), Megan Jones (Leicester Tigers, 16 caps), Ellie Kildunne (Harlequins, 38 caps), Vicky Laflin (Trailfinders Women, uncapped), Lucy Packer (Harlequins, 16 caps), Helena Rowland (Loughborough Lightning, 28 caps), Emily Scarratt (Loughborough Lightning, 108 caps), Emma Sing (Gloucester-Hartpury, 6 caps), Ella Wyrwas (Saracens, 6 caps)

Mitchell: There is a hunger for us to stay the best

Red Roses head coach John Mitchell said:

"The Six Nations is an awesome tournament and we have named a squad where competition for a place in the matchday 23 exists in every position.

"The girls are showing signs of building good habits when they come into camp and bring with them a great attitude and fantastic energy, which follows on from the commitment they show to their club week on week.

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Image: Mitchell, a former England Men's defence coach and All Blacks head coach, takes charge of his first Test in the women's game in the Six Nations

"The Red Roses have excelled in this tournament for a long time. There is a hunger to stay the best, but we must earn the right to win Test matches. We are focused on improving performance and putting teams under more pressure to create a variety of scoring opportunities.

"There is a great excitement around the group, and we are relishing the challenge of the next seven weeks."

Red Roses' 2024 Six Nations fixtures

Sunday March 24, 2024

Italy vs England (3pm)

Saturday March 30, 2024

England vs Wales (4.45pm)

Saturday April 13, 2024

Scotland vs England (2.15pm)

Saturday April 20, 2024

England vs Ireland (2.15pm)

Saturday April 27, 2024

France vs England (4.45pm)

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