Women's Six Nations: England recall La Toya Mason at scrum-half

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Six Nations 2013 highlights: England women thrash Italy

England Women's head coach Gary Street has recalled Wasps scrum-half La Toya Mason for Sunday's Six Nations clash against Wales.

Mason, who replaces Lichfield's Georgina Gulliver, is the only change following the 34-0 win against Italy.

Bristol back Kim Oliver returns to the bench following injury problems, along with Worcester prop Rochelle Clark.

"It was a tough call to decide who should start at scrum-half but La Toya just gets the nod," said Street.

Mason played in England's defeats by Ireland and France, while Gulliver started in the 76-0 victory over Scotland and the Italy win.

"I was impressed with our performance against Italy last weekend so I have given the bulk of the squad the chance to start again," added Street.

"The only other changes are on the bench and it's great to welcome back a player of Kim's experience. She has 42 caps and is unlucky not to have played this season because of injury. We have definitely got an experienced bench who will bring a lot of firepower to our game."

Ireland wrapped up the Six Nations title last weekend with victory over France but 2012 champions England can still finish second if they defeat Wales at Aberavon.

Victory for Wales, who have not beaten England since 2009, will ensure they qualify for the Rugby World Cup in 2014.

Street added: "There's a lot at stake for both teams on Sunday. Wales need no motivation to want to beat England but certainly qualifying for next year's Rugby World Cup is a massive goal for them.

"For us, we have got a lot to play for. We want to finish second in this year's championship and I think if we can do that without several of our big name, experienced players, then that's a good result in a challenging Six Nations year."

England Women: Lauren Cattell, Lydia Thompson, Abigail Chamberlain, Amber Reed, Sally Tuson, Ceri Large, La Toya Mason; Roz Crowley, Victoria Fleetwood, Laura Keates, Joanna McGilchrist, Emily Braund, Sarah Hunter (capt), Hannah Gallagher, Harriet Millar-Mills.

Replacements: Emma Croker, Rochelle Clark, Sophie Hemming, Tamara Taylor, Rebecca Essex, Georgina Gulliver, Kim Oliver, Emily Scott.

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