Both Cath O’Donnell and Abbie Scott have been named in England's side to play France in the third match of their Women’s Rugby Super Series campaign.

O’Donnell, from Maryport, keeps her place in the team and will earn her 15th international cap in San Diego tomorrow evening (10pm kick-off, UK time) while fellow former Keswick School student Abbie Scott returns in one of nine changes to win her 39th cap.

The Red Roses have played two matches so far in the series, claiming a 38-5 win over USA and a 19-17 victory against Canada, while France had a bye in the first round and then lost 36-19 in their opener against Canada but responded with a 25-16 success over the world’s number one ranked side New Zealand.

For England, Heather Kerr and Sarah Bern are brought into the front row, with Scott, Poppy Cleall and Marlie Packer also coming into the pack.

Amber Reed and Emily Scarratt are re-united from the first game of the tournament as the centre partnership, with Sarah McKenna having recovered from her knock before the match against Canada and scrum-half Leanne Riley getting her first start of the tour.

Head coach Simon Middleton said: "Saturday’s win against an outstanding Canadian side was huge for us in terms of the growth of this squad of players.

"It was a game we were second best in for long periods but hung in, found a way to nudge ourselves in front, and then showed great composure and game management to close out the game.

"That side was incredibly young and inexperienced as a group and we were massively proud of the character they showed."

"For France, we have looked to bring in some of our more experienced, and senior, players as France are coming off the back of a great win against New Zealand and will be full of confidence," Middleton told England Rugby's website.

"We know only too well that, on their day, they can be one of the toughest team in world rugby to play against and that’s the type of performance we will be expecting.

"In Jessy Tremouliere, they have the current world player of the year and anyone who saw her performance against New Zealand would understand why that is the case.

"However, we have massive belief and trust in this squad, and our focus will very much be on ourselves and ensuring we deliver the level of performance we want."