2020-11-01 21:41:41 | England secure Women’s Six Nations Grand Slam with emphatic victory in Italy


Story by: Kate Rowan The Telegraph

“It would be fantastic if all the other unions could do what we are doing. It is really challenging for us, we have made a real statement of where we see the women’s game,” he said. “It is a priority for us as an organisation. We would love to be able to have a Saturday like yesterday where you have three teams going for the Six Nations [Championship]. We would love to have that but we can only deal with the cards we are dealt, unfortunately.”

Despite the skewed nature of the Women’s Six Nations – victory over Italy was an important marker for England – not only as they go in search of reclaiming the World Cup from holders and hosts New Zealand next year but also in the fact they were the only women’s side to complete all their games. France versus Ireland and Wales versus Scotland were called off before the weekend due to an outbreak of Covid-19 in the French camp. Scotland and Italy will also meet in December.

Second row and player of the match Abbie Ward sealed the bonus point with a try just before the interval. The 27-year-old, who did not think she would get to be part of England’s 2020 Six Nations campaign due to a long term injury, was relieved she and her team-mates could complete all their fixtures. “It has been very surreal, I didn’t think I would have had a chance to be involved. Hats off to everyone behind the scenes to get this finished. It was a very emotional day. The pressure was on for us to finish the Six Nations and to finish it on our terms” she said.

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After a scrappy 20 minutes following the interval – the bench showed England’s strength and depth. The scoring was rounded out by prop Sarah Bern, wing Jess Breach and flanker Marlie Packer. 

Match details

Scoring: 0-5 Kildunne try, 0-7 Scarratt con; 0-12 Cleall try, 0-14 Scarratt con; 0-19 Scarratt try, 0-21 Scarratt con; 0-26 Ward try, 0-28 Scarratt con; 0-33 Bern try, 0-35 Scarratt con; 0-40 Breach try; 0-45 L Riley try, 0-47 Harrison con; 0-52 Packer try, 0-54 Harrison con.

Italy: M Furlan (V Ostuni Minuzzi 53), M Magatti, M Sillari, B Rigoni, S Stefan, V Madia (B Mancini 73), S Barattin (A Muzzo 60); S Turani (E Skofca 60), M Bettoni (G Cerato 77), L Gai, V Fedrighi (S Tounesi 28-38, 60), G Duca (M Merlo 79), F Sgorbini, G Franco, E Giordano.

England: E Kildunne, J Breach, E Scarratt (Z Harrison 61), A Reed, A Dow, K Daley-Mclean (H Rowland 60), C MacDonald (L Riley 61); V Cornborough (D Harper 60), L Davies (A Cokayne 56), S Bern (S Brown 59), A Ward, M Talling, P Cleall (A Matthews 56), M Packer (A Matthews 14-20), S Beckett (H Millar-Mills 60).

Referee: Aurelie Groizeleau (France)


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Source References: The Telegraph

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