Vickii Cornborough named in squad as England bid for a third successive Women’s Six Nations title
Vickii Cornborough has been named in a 38-player squad as England attempt to win the Women’s Six Nations tournament for the third year in a row.
The former Portsmouth and Havant player, currently at Harlequins, is one of 21 forwards selected by head coach Simon Middleton.
Only three other forwards in the squad have won more caps than the 56 Cornborough has collected since the 31-year-old made her senior England debut in 2015.
Former Chichester RFC player Jess Breach is also in the squad.
In a new-look tournament due to the pandemic, the six countries have been grouped into two pools.
England will face Scotland on April 3 at Castle Park in Yorkshire and Italy at the Stadio Plebiscito, Padova, on April 10.
On April 24, the final weekend, they will host the country - Scotland, France or Ireland - that occupies the same position in their group after the first two pool games.
England’s final game will be the first Women’s Six Nations fixture to be broadcast on the main BBC network (BBC 2, 2pm kick off) with the venue to be confirmed.
England then travel to Lille for an exhibition game against France on Friday, April 30 (2pm).
England have won 19 of their last 20 Six Nations games, losing only to France 18-17 in March 2018.
Last year, they hammered Wales 66-7, Italy 54-0, Scotland 53-0 and Ireland 27-0 in a tournament that wasn’t fully completed due to the pandemic.
In 2019, England thrashed Scotland 80-0 and Italy 55-0. Since the Home Nations tournament started in 1996, England have won 103 of their 116 matches against their current Six Nations rivals.