England's Katy Storie and Karen Jones will make their international returns when England A take on Spain in Gijon this Sunday (1.30pm GMT).

Team Northumbria prop Storie and Worcester number eight Karen Jones, who have 54 caps between them, return from injury after lengthy periods on the sidelines.

England A have also been boosted by the inclusion of Worcester's Katherine Merchant, Richmond's Rowena Burnfield and Bristol's Georgina Rozario, who were all involved in England's opening RBS Six Nations 31-0 victory against Wales last weekend. Saracens' Sonia Green will captain the side.

England A head coach Mike Barnett said: "Having Katy and Karen back in the side will give us some more experience.

"They are making their way back from injury so this is an opportunity for them to get some game time under their belts.

"We are also delighted to have Katherine, Georgina and Rowena with us, while some of our As players have made the step up to the seniors for the Six Nations match against Italy on Saturday.

"These selections really underline the strength of our elite squad."

With England A defeating the Nomads for the first time in three years at the weekend, Barnett is hoping his side can carry the momentum into Saturday's game against Spain.

He added: "We were really pleased with the victory over the Nomads.

"They are a difficult side to play against and we have come close in the past.

"We certainly hope we can continue that form into the game against Spain. Spain are a very physical side, they scrummage well and are good at the breakdown but if we can get some good, quick ball then we should be able to get it out to our speedy backs."


15 Georgina Roberts Darlington Mowden Park Sharks 14 Katherine Merchant Worcester 13 Abigail Chamberlain Richmond 12 Kimberley Oliver Bristol 11 Natasha Hunt Bristol 10 Danielle Knight Lichfield 9 Georgina Rozario Bristol 1 Laura Keates Worcester 2 Emma Layland Richmond 3 Katy Storie Team Northumbria 4 Rowena Burnfield Richmond 5 Natalie Binstead Wasps 6 Gemma Sharples Worcester 7 Sonia Green (C) Saracens 8 Karen Jones Worcester


16 Victoria Fleetwood Lichfield 17 Rosemarie Crowley Lichfield 18 Jenny Brightmore Worcester 19 Marlie Packer Bristol 20 Sarah Guest Worcester 21 Rose Fong Darlington Mowden Park Sharks 22 Jennifer Edwards Darlington Mowden Park Sharks