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England name side to face Spain in World Cup opener

The Women's Rugby World Cup gets underway live on ITV4 tomorrow as England take on Spain and the Red Roses have named their starting XV:

Sarah Hunter will captain England Credit: @EnglandRugby

England are defending champions having won the 2014 tournament in France when they beat Canada in the final and are favourites this time around in Ireland.

They are currently ranked the number one side in the world off the back of a nine-match winning streak.

No 8 Sarah Hunter leads the team and nine players will make their Women’s Rugby World Cup debuts including Vickii Cornborough, Heather Kerr, Sarah Bern, Harriet Millar-Mills, Izzy Noel-Smith, Abbie Scott and Zoe Aldcroft who all start in the pack.

You can watch the Women's Rugby World Cup live on ITV this August, starting with England's game against Spain on ITV4 and the ITV hub - Wednesday from 1:30pm.

Joseph insists he'd be 'comfortable' on wing for Lions

Jonathan Joseph with England Credit: PA

Jonathan Joseph has insisted he would be "comfortable" on the wing in the British and Irish Lions' Test series.

The England centre was close to forcing his way onto the bench for Saturday's 30-15 first Test defeat to New Zealand in Auckland.

The Bath flyer missed out with Leigh Halfpenny preferred, but now has another chance to impress in Tuesday's Hurricanes clash in Wellington.

Joseph will be among a clutch of stars bidding to play their way into the squad for Saturday's second Test, and he admitted he would happily cover wing to win the right to face the All Blacks.

I'd feel confident playing there, I've played there before.

Being a rugby player, you're used to slotting into different positions. And yeah, I feel confident there.

The type of player I am I feel it's not too tough for me to shift onto the wing, like Elliot Daly.

I feel like we're quite similar players.

So potentially I could slot onto the wing if needed.

But everyone of course wants to get into that Saturday team, and to do so in their preferred position.

[I've] not massively [trained for the position]. Maybe I'll slot myself in there tomorrow, just in case!

– Jonathan Joseph


Warburton to lead Lions against Highlanders

Sam Warburton has beaten his ankle injury to be fit to captain the Lions. Credit: PA

Sam Warburton has beaten his ankle injury and will captain the British and Irish Lions against the Highlanders on Tuesday, the team have announced.

The Wales flanker missed the 12-3 win over the Crusaders but has made a full recovery - and now has the chance to prove his form and fitness for the first All Blacks Test on June 24.

Ireland's Jared Payne has shaken off a calf issue to start at full-back, while Wales' Dan Biggar has beaten a head injury to feature at fly-half.

British and Irish Lions team to face the Highlanders on Tuesday:

J Payne (Ireland), J Nowell, J Joseph (both England), R Henshaw (Ireland), T Seymour (Scotland), D Biggar, R Webb (both Wales), J Marler (England), R Best (Ireland), K Sinckler, C Lawes (both England), I Henderson (Ireland), J Haskell (England), S Warburton (Wales, capt), CJ Stander (Ireland).

Replacements: K Owens (Wales), J McGrath (Ireland), D Cole (England), A W Jones, J Tipuric (both Wales), G Laidlaw (Scotland), O Farrell, E Daly (both England).

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