Rugby World Cup: Sadia Kabeya and Morwenna Talling in the England team


Sadia Kabeya and Morwenna Talling each have four England caps

England forwards Sadia Kabeya and Morwenna Talling, 20, are in the 32-man squad for the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand, which starts on October 8.

Flanker Kabeya has beaten 2014 World Cup winner Vicky Fleetwood into the squad, leaving out another player Sarah Beckett.

Lock Talling enters despite missing Wednesday’s drive 25th Test win in a row Injured against Wales.

England are number one in the world and favorites to win the title.

As expected, Sarah Hunter will continue as England captain as she makes her fourth World Cup appearance alongside center Emily Scarratt, two of the team’s six world champions.

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England’s Rugby World Cup squad

Forwards: Zoe Aldcroft, Sarah Bern, Hannah Botterman, Shaunagh Brown, Poppy Cleall, Amy Cokayne, Vickii Cornborough, Lark Davies, Rosie Galligan, Sarah Hunter, Sadia Kabeya, Laura Keates, Alex Matthews, Maud Muir, Cath O’Donnell, Marlie Packer, Connie Powell, Morwenna Talling, Abbie Ward.

Back: Holly Aitchison, Jess Breach, Abby Dow, Zoe Harrison, Tatyana Heard, Leanne Infante, Ellie Kildunne, Claudia MacDonald, Sarah McKenna, Lucy Packer, Helena Rowland, Emily Scarratt, Lydia Thompson.

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Youth is preferred over experience

In a squad with 19 World Cup debutants, coach Simon Middleton has opted for youth over experience in many areas and says he is “really confident about the balance”.

World Champion Natasha Hunt has been left outWith 22-year-old scrum-half Lucy Packer coming in instead.

Wing Abby Dow is also behind breaking his leg in April, and brings together the three players Jess Breach, Ellie Kildunne, Sarah McKenna and Lydia Thompson.

Laura Keates and Shaunagh Brown join Sarah Bern as Bryony Cleall drops out of the squad.

Center Tatyana Heard is back after her first appearance for England three years ago in September, not forgetting Amber Reed.

Scrum half Claudia MacDonald is back from form a career-ending injury right on time, Leanne Infante will start the preview today at nine o’clock.

Zoe Harrison is the team’s only fly-half, while centers Holly Aitchison and Helena Rowland can also provide cover at No 10.

With so many talented players missing, Middleton said: “If we have to call anyone from now on from the tournament, or during the World Cup, we can do it with 100% confidence that we’re bringing in a top player.”