England make 10 changes for Italy game

The 35-year-old lock was presented with No 128 in English rugby's female line of succession

The 35-year-old lock was presented with No 128 in English rugby's female line of succession

England's defence of their World Cup title continues to simmer as try doubles from Emily Scarratt, Danielle Waterman and Lydia Thompson illuminated a comfortable victory over Italy.

Different team but it was the same result for England.

Against Spain Kay Wilson was the tormentor-in-chief, contributing four tries and duly earning herself the weekend off - Amy Wilson-Hardy coming in on the left wing and twice going close in the early stages. Scarratt, restored to the starting line-up, struck first however, going over in the right-hand corner after a cleverly delayed pass from Izzy Noel-Smith.

England responded with a similarly well-worked try from Thompson, the winger's 29th in global rugby, and just before the break flanker Marlie Packer's storming run set up skipper Amy Cokayne for another to make it 22-8 at half-time.

Two tries in three minutes soon after the restart from second row Tamara Taylor and Scarratt put England in control at 34-8 and Italy briefly rallied for their second try through forward Elisa Giordano.

Waterman's fine break set up centre Scarratt for the opening touchdown in the 10th minute and England made it 12-0 in the 16th minute when number eight Alex Matthews went over.

Naya Tapper scored two tries as U.S. secured their second straight World Cup win with a 43-0 victory against Spain.

England head coach Simon Middleton has made 10 changes for the World Cup match with Italy on Sunday.