England head coach Gary Street insists his players' focus is on the RBS 6 Nations and nothing else after naming his team for their opening clash against Wales.
Street has made just one change to the starting XV that beat current world champions New Zealand 10-3 in November with Fiona Pocock replacing the injured Charlotte Barras on the wing.
Bristol No.8 Catherine Spencer will skipper the team at Esher on February 6 with Katy McLean as her vice less than seven months before England prepare to host the World Cup.
But Street – who is bidding to claim an unprecedented fifth consecutive RBS 6 Nations title – is adamant the World Cup will be the last thing on his players’ minds over the next two months.
“We won’t get distracted by the World Cup and our priority at the moment is the Six Nations,” said Street. “We have got to get the job done against Wales first off and then we will take on the rest of our rivals.
“This is important preparation for the World Cup but out current aim is to play as well as we can in the Six Nations.
“After out win against New Zealand I have decided to keep the faith in the team and make only one change.
“There is a genuine buzz in the squad and we want to keep the momentum going post that victory in autumn and this is certainly the best team I was able to select.”
England to play Wales:
15 Claire Allan – Richmond
14 Katherine Merchant – Worcester
13 Emily Scarratt – Lichfield
12 Rachael Burford – Richmond
11 Fiona Pocock – Richmond
10 Katy Mclean – Darlington Mowden Park Sharks
9 Amy Turner – Richmond
1 Claire Purdy – Wasps
2 Amy Garnett – Saracens
3 Sophie Hemming – Bristol
4 Rebecca Essex – Richmond
5 Joanna McGilchrist – Wasps
6 Heather Fisher – Worcester
7 Margaret Alphonsi – Saracens
8 Catherine Spencer – Bristol
16 Samantha Reeve – Worcester
17 Rochelle Clark – Team Northumbria
18 Rowena Burnfield – Richmond
19 Tamara Taylor – Darlington Mowden Park Sharks
20 La Toya Mason – Wasps
21 Alice Richardson – Richmond
22 Michaela Staniford – Wasps