Emily Scarratt will make her first appearance for England in over 10 months as the Red Roses look to make history when they begin their Six Nations title defense against Scotland on Saturday.

The 32-year-old missed the team’s autumn campaign after breaking her leg in the first round of the Premier 15 season in September, but will start inside the Edinburgh center as the England will be chasing a fourth straight Six Nations Championship victory.

A win in Scotland would also be the Red Roses’ 19th in a row, surpassing the record for most consecutive Test match wins set by England men in 2017.

Sarah Hunter will captain the No. 8 team and will be joined at the back by Marlie Packer and Poppy Cleall.

Rosie Galligan returns to the side after a three-year absence to earn her second cap as a lock alongside Abbie Ward, while Maud Muir begins her first test for England as a loose prop. Hooker Lark Davies and tight head prop Sarah Bern complete the pack.

Helena Rowland starts at flyhalf after Zoe Harrison picked up a minor injury in training and will join scrum-half Leanne Infante. Holly Aitchison will partner Scarratt at center.

Ellie Kildunne will start at fullback, with Heather Cowell and Abby Dow on the wings.

Prop Bryony Cleall is also set to return after missing the Autumn Internationals through injury. She was named to the bench, alongside uncapped Emma Sing.

“We’re looking forward to the opener this weekend,” coach Simon Middleton said. “We have great strength in depth, the whole team has been training well and it’s important that we give players opportunities while looking at some new combinations.”

“We go into this year’s Six Nations with clear objectives in terms of the improvements we are looking for in our performance. The players are crystal clear about how we want to play and what we want our game to look like.”

“Playing against Scotland in Scotland is one of those occasions, we are delighted to take to the pitch at the DAM Health Stadium this Saturday.”

XV of England

Ellie Kildunne, Heather Cowell, Emily Scarratt, Holly Aitchison, Abby Dow, Helena Rowland, Leanne Infante, Maud Muir, Lark Davies, Sarah Bern, Rosie Galligan, Abbie Ward, Poppy Cleall, Marlie Packer, Sarah Hunter

Replacements: Connie Powell, Vickii Cornborough, Bryony Cleall, Sarah Beckett, Alex Matthews, Lucy Packer, Amber Reed, Emma Sing

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