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Cokayne and Jones return as Red Roses face Black Ferns

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Leicester Tigers summer signings Amy Cokayne and Meg Jones are both involved as England prepare to take on New Zealand.

Cokayne returns to the side after recovering from an ankle injury that saw her ruled out of the warm-up tests against Canada and the opening two rounds off WXV competition.

The hooker returns on the bench and will be hopeful of adding to her 72 England caps this Saturday.

She will be joined by Jones, who also returns to the squad after missing out on last week's 45 - 12 win over Canadians in Dunedin. 

The playmaker was at her maverick best in England's opening WXV victory, over the Wallaroos of Australia, scoring a try in the 42 - 7 victory. 

A player you can depend on to provide a spark off the bench, the Team GB 7s co-captain is marking an impressive return to the fifteens game with her involvement in the final match of the inaugural WXV 1 tournament. 

The match between the Red Roses and Black Ferns, the No. 1 and No. 2 ranked teams in the world, a rematch of the 2021 Rugby World Cup final, will no doubt be as thrilling as ever.

The spoils have been shared in the side's last six meetings, with three victories apiece, whilst England are the only unbeaten side remaining in WXV 1 and clinch the title with a win here.

The team's will meet on Saturday, November 4 (kick-off: 6am UK time) and the matches will be shown live on ITVX and RugbyPassTV.

Red Roses team to play New Zealand

15 Ellie Kildunne (Harlequins, 37 caps) 
14 Abby Dow (Trailfinders Women, 39 caps) 
13 Helena Rowland – vice-captain (Loughborough Lightning, 27 caps) 
12 Tatyana Heard (Gloucester-Hartpury, 17 caps) 
11 Claudia MacDonald (Exeter Chiefs, 31 caps) 
10 Holly Aitchison (Bristol Bears, 24 caps) 
9 Natasha Hunt (Gloucester-Hartpury, 66 caps) 
1 Mackenzie Carson (Gloucester-Hartpury, 9 caps) 
2 Lark Atkin-Davies (Bristol Bears, 53 caps) 
3 Sarah Bern (Bristol Bears, 60 caps) 
4 Zoe Aldcroft – vice-captain (Gloucester-Hartpury, 47 caps) 
5 Rosie Galligan (Saracens, 13 caps) 
6 Morwenna Talling (Sale Sharks, 10 caps) 
7 Marlie Packer – captain (Saracens, 98 caps) 
8 Alex Matthews (Gloucester-Hartpury, 61 caps) 



16 Amy Cokayne (Leicester Tigers, 72 caps) 
17 Hannah Botterman (Bristol Bears, 41 caps) 
18 Maud Muir (Gloucester-Hartpury, 24 caps) 
19 Sarah Beckett (Gloucester-Hartpury, 33 caps) 
20 Maisy Allen (Exeter Chiefs, 4 caps) 
21 Ella Wyrwas (Saracens, 5 caps) 
22 Megan Jones (Leicester Tigers, 15 caps) 
23 Jess Breach (Saracens, 32 caps)