Aug 23 2010 By Andrew Binner
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Ealing council worker La Toya Mason has been drafted into the England Womans rugby team for their next World Cup fixture against Kazakhstan on Tuesday.
Wasps captain Mason has been selected at scrum-half is nick-named “Kiwi” by the rest of the squad due to her New Zealand accent, however there is no doubting where her allegiance lies now, having made her debut against her country of birth last year.
Mason's inclusion is part of a shake-up of the team by Head Coach Gary Street that will see England's fringe players get their chance to impress ahead of the latter stages.
“We have been working hard over the last three years to reach our goal of being able to field a squad of 26 who are as strong from 1 to 26 and we have achieved this," said Street. “Kazakhstan are a hard working side with some very talented sevens players so we know it is vital to play to our potential ahead of this tough and busy week of rugby.”
England take on Kazakhstan on Tuesday August 24 at Surrey Sports Park, Guildford, kick off 630pm.