On Wednesday, Abby Dow was selected on the bench for England’s Rugby World Cup opener against Fiji on Saturday. Abby completes a remarkable recovery from the broken leg.
Abby, who plays as a wing, had broken her right leg in England’s Six Nations game against Wales in April. Since her leg broke, she has not played any match.
On Wednesday, Simon Middleton, head coach of England Rugby, named Abby among the replacements for the tournament opener in Auckland.
The England Rugby team also includes the four players who featured in the 2014 World Cup win, and young Flanker Sadia Kabeya will also make her World Cup debut through this squad.
This year, Kabeya will be 20 years old, and she will join the squad with experienced back-rowers Sarah Beckett and Vicky Fleetwood.
Sarah Hunter will lead the team in this World Cup. Hunter is chasing Rocky Clark’s England cap record, but in this league, Saracens’ Leanne Infante will start at scrum-half with Helena Rowland, and Zoe Harrison set to form the 10-12 axis.
Simon said in a statement that we have selected an experienced matchday 23 who we feel is in a good position to get our campaign off to a strong start. Moreover, he said that we know we could have selected any of the wider squad, and there are nine players this week with a key supporting role.
England Rugby team will start as overwhelming favorites against Fiji’s side, who are making their maiden appearance at the World Cup.