Women's World Cup: England call Natasha Brennan into squad

Last Updated: 07/08/14 5:05pm

  • Share:
Natasha Brennan in action for England Sevens

Natasha Brennan in action for England Sevens

Sky Bet

Natasha Brennan has been called up to England's World Cup squad after Lydia Thompson was forced to pull out of the tournament due to injury.

Winger Thompson scored two tries in the 42-7 victory over Samoa in their opening match but injured her groin in the warm-up ahead of England's second game against Spain on Tuesday.

Richmond wing Brennan will replace her in the 26-player squad and England head coach Gary Street is convinced she will be an able replacement.

"This is really unfortunate news for Lydia. She has worked extremely hard to get into this squad and she has come into form at just the right time, scoring two tries on her tournament debut," Street told the RFU’s official website.

"It is extremely disappointing for her and us but at the same time it is fantastic to be able to call up a player of Natasha's calibre.

"She has been part of our World Cup training squad and she missed out by the narrowest of margins when it came to final selection. We are really excited by what Natasha can bring after a fantastic Sevens Series last season, where she finished as England's top try scorer."

Brennan has impressed for England in Rugby 7s, scoring 16 tries in 12 games, but will be keen to add to her two caps in the regular format of the game.

Brennan may get the chance to shine when England play Canada in their next group game on Saturday. Coverage begins on Sky Sports 1 at 2:30pm.

  • Share:

Related

Women's Rugby World Cup

Maggie Alphonsi: Delighted to win World Cup

Alphonsi on top of the world

Maggie Alphonsi has spoken of her delight after winning the Women's Rugby World Cup final at the third time of asking.

IRB vows to grow women's rugby

The IRB has vowed to do "everything" to grow the women's game after a highly successful World Cup won by England.

Katy Mclean: Led England to glory in the Women's Rugby World Cup final

Mclean: Hard work paid off

Katy Mclean dedicated England's victory in the Women's Rugby World Cup final to the whole of the England rugby family.

Most Popular

Features

The Off Load

The Off Load

Rupert Cox reviews the weekend's rugby including another win for New Zealand and a loss for Toulouse.

English Rose

English Rose

The values of English rugby were underlined on Monday as they launched their new kit in association with Canterbury.

Mental edge

Mental edge

Thinus Delport, Sean Fitzpatrick, Michael Lynagh and Gonzalo Camacho react to the Rugby Championship