6 Nations 2018 Wrap-up

So the Six Nations is done for another year and while the Red Roses played some excellent rugby, they were undone by a last-minute French try which saw their opponents ultimately go on to win the Grand Slam.

But there are plenty of positives to take for the Red Roses, not least the fact that so many fresh faces made their mark, which bodes very well for the future. Chief among those was young Ellie Kildunne, who scored some incredible tries throughout the tournament and ensured that England didn’t miss Emily Scarratt too much.

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The Six Nations is Back!

February – the shortest month of the year it may be, but with Christmas just a distant memory and seemingly no end in sight to the incessant cold and dark, it’s a month few people look forward to (unless your birthday’s in February, in which case, Happy Birthday! Unless you hate your birthday because it reminds you that no matter how much anti-ageing cream you slap on your face, or how much hair dye you desperately smear on your head, there is nothing you can do to stop the relentless, indifferent passage of time and that with every day that passes you’re twenty four hours closer to the cold embrace of death and all you’ve done today is binge watch Friends even though you’ve seen every episode ten times before and it doesn’t even make you laugh any more because you know all the jokes off by heart, but you’ll do anything to temporarily distract yourself from the reality of your bleak existence. In which case, I’m sorry I brought it up).

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WRWC: The Final Review – England v New Zealand

Two teams. Forty six players. Eighty minutes. One World Cup trophy. After nearly two weeks of scintillating women’s rugby, England and New Zealand emerged as the Rugby World Cup finalists, and as the two teams ran out on a clear Belfast evening, the stage was set for perhaps the greatest final yet.

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WRWC: England into World Cup Final after tough test against France

The Red Roses have reached the World Cup final after overcoming a strong French side 20 – 3.

On a wet evening in Belfast, the two Six Nations opponents traded early blows, but it was the French who got off to the best start, putting the Red Roses under immense pressure in their own half. However, the English defence held firm and kept France out.

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WRWC: Red Roses beat spirited USA side to top Pool B

The Red Roses have booked their place in the World Cup semi-finals with a 47 – 26 win over the USA in their final pool match. Tries from McLean, Scarratt, Packer (2), Wilson Hardy and Cokayne, plus a penalty try, saw England safely through to the knock-out stages, but their opponents are also through after scoring a late bonus-point try.

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England name team for Pool B decider against the USA

Red Roses coach Simon Middleton has made six changes to the side which beat Italy three days ago as England look to advance into the semi-finals of the World Cup.

Regular skipper Sarah Hunter returns to the starting line-up at Number 8, while Alex Matthews and Marlie Packer, who both had storming games against Italy, complete the back row.

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WRWC: Red Roses score ten tries in big win over Italy

England scored another ten tries in their second World Cup pool match against Italy on Sunday afternoon, although a series of handling errors took the sheen off the win and left them with plenty to work on.

In fact they could have had two or three tries in the opening minutes, but knock-ons from Marlie Packer and Amy Wilson Hardy, both with the try-line in their sights, meant England came up with nothing to show for their early dominance.

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