England will depart for the Women’s Rugby World Cup in Ireland on Saturday without Emily Scott and Vicky Fleetwood.
Saracens Women fly-half Scott, who has won 23 caps for her country, has been ruled out of the tournament through injury and has been replaced in the squad by forward Poppy Cleall.
Fleetwood has picked up what England have described as a “minor injury” and her departure for Dublin has been delayed as she undergoes an intensive rehabilitation programme.
Coach Simon Middleton said: “While it’s disappointing for Emily, we know she will rehab diligently working closely with our medical team over the coming weeks and we hope to have her fit and ready on standby if required later in the tournament.
“With Vicky remaining in England for the time being, we have opted to call up Poppy, who offers us a bit more balance in the forwards.
“We have full confidence in Poppy, who has been training in the wider squad on a full-time basis as part of our Rugby World Cup preparations.”
England arrive in Dublin on Saturday ahead of their opening Pool B match against Spain on Wednesday.
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