Warriors winger Lydia Thompson is set to earn her 50th test cap at the club she has spent her entire career at as England Women take on USA at Sixways on Sunday, a 2:45pm kick-off.

Rowena Burnfield is also poised to reach the milestone as she’s named in the match day squad for the first time since February 2019.

Thompson will be joined in the starting XV by fellow Warriors Alex Matthews, who starts at blindside flanker.

Head coach Simon Middleton said: "Worcester Warriors are a fantastic club with a great history.

Their support is hardcore and have stuck by them through thick and thin.

“That doesn’t happen unless the fans are passionate about their rugby and we recognised that when we were looking at potential venues.

“This is a great place to play.”

The side is captained by World Rugby Player of the Year nominee Zoe Aldcroft, with scrum half Leanne Infante named vice.

Aldcroft takes the armband for the first time and will be joined by Gloucester-Hartpury team-mate Connie Powell, who could earn her first cap as she starts on the bench.

Harlequins scrum half Lucy Packer is also named among the finishers and will also be looking to make her international debut.

Fellow quin Sarah Beckett makes her first appearance of the autumn internationals after returning from a knee injury at the back of the scrum.

In the front row Vickii Cornborough and Lark Davies will be joined by Maud Muir who is awarded her first start at tight head prop.

Heather Cowell starts on the left wing having scored a double on her debut while Harriet Millar-Mills lines up alongside Aldcroft in the second row.

Regular wing Abby Dow starts at full-back for the first time in her senior England career while Helena Rowland and Lagi Tuima form the 10-12 axis.

Sadia Kabeya retains her place at openside flanker while Holly Aitchson starts at outside centre, the position she occupied in England’s two victories over New Zealand to begin the Autumn international period.

Among the finishers are Sarah Hunter, Sarah Bern, Hannah Botterman, Zoe Harrison and Ellie Kildunne.

On Sunday’s opponents, Middleton added: "Any team coached by Rob Cain will bring an unpredictability and his USA will be no different.

"We know we’re in for a tough game and will have to be ready for anything and that adds another dimension.

"We’re all looking forward to running out for our final autumn international at Sixways on Sunday and hope to end the year on a high."



1. Vickii Cornborough, 2. Lark Davies, 3. Maud Muir, 4. Harriet Millar-Mills, 5. Zoe Aldcroft (c), 6. Alex Matthews, 7. Sadia Kabeya, 8. Sarah Beckett, 9. Leanne Infante, 10. Helena Rowland, 11. Heather Cowell, 12. Lagi Tuima, 13. Holly Aitchison, 14. Lydia Thompson, 15. Abigail Dow.


16. Connie Powell, 17. Hannah Botterman, 18. Sarah Bern, 19. Rowena Burnfield, 20. Sarah Hunter, 21. Lucy Packer, 22. Zoe Harrison, 23. Ellie Kildunne.