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Lydia Thompson hat-trick spearheads England Women’s rout of Ireland

• England Women 37-15 Ireland Women• England take autumn try tally to 21England have scored 21 tries in an autumn series that will give them grounds for optimism when they challenge France for their Six Nations title in the spring. Simon Middleton’s Re…

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England 37-18 Australia: how the players rated at Twickenham

Kyle Sinckler stood out in the front row as Eddie Jones’s side ended their autumn in style against a listless Wallabies packElliot Daly 7 He may move back to the wing when Anthony Watson is fit. Daly has had a mixed month but he picked a nice line to s…

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Katy Daley-Mclean helps England over line after Canada revival

• England 27-19 Canada• Daley-Mclean comes off the bench to steady EnglandEngland’s women, who had blown the USA away in a gale nine days earlier, were forced to dig deeper in the sunshine in Doncaster on Sunday.The Red Roses left the white rose county…

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England 15-16 New Zealand: how the players rated at Twickenham

Sam Underhill shines but is denied glory after Beauden Barrett turned the game for New ZealandElliot Daly 6 The Springboks gave him an uncomfortable afternoon under the high ball but much improved display in defence and attack. Continue reading…

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England 15-16 New Zealand: how the players rated at Twickenham

Sam Underhill shines but is denied glory after Beauden Barrett turned the game for New ZealandElliot Daly 6 The Springboks gave him an uncomfortable afternoon under the high ball but much improved display in defence and attack. Continue reading…

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Katy Daley-Mclean’s big night lit up as Red Roses overpower USA

• England 57-5 USA• England dominate women’s international against EaglesEngland’s women celebrated the 100th cap of their fly-half Katy Daley-Mclean with an emphatic victory over the USA at Allianz Park last night in miserable, rainy conditions in nor…

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Katy Daley-Mclean’s big night lit up as Red Roses overpower USA

• England 57-5 USA• England dominate women’s international against EaglesEngland’s women celebrated the 100th cap of their fly-half Katy Daley-Mclean with an emphatic victory over the USA at Allianz Park last night in miserable, rainy conditions in nor…

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Katy Daley-Mclean: ‘It’s cool to have 100 caps – women’s rugby has changed so much’

The Loughborough Lightning fly-half will lead England out at Allianz Park on Friday in a sport unrecognisable from 11 years agoFor Katy Daley-Mclean the wheel really has turned the full circle. Eleven years ago England’s fly-half made her first interna…

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Rugby union: talking points from the European Champions Cup

Old glories on the rise with Dan Cole reviving Leicester forward power and Toulouse finding European title hunger once more Related: Six Nations set to unveil HSBC as championship’s new title sponsor Continue reading…

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Rugby union: talking points from the European Champions Cup

Old glories on the rise with Dan Cole reviving Leicester forward power and Toulouse finding European title hunger once more Related: Six Nations set to unveil HSBC as championship’s new title sponsor Continue reading…

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Aston Villa face task of keeping Jack Grealish after Wembley agony | Ian Malin

No 26 did not deliver destiny for Villa in Championship play-off final, and now Steve Bruce has problems preparing for another promotion tiltSurely football’s gods would not deny Aston Villa this time: 26 May was the 36th anniversary of the club’s…

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England’s Ellie Kildunne dazzles again in Six Nations win over Ireland

• England beat Ireland 33-11 but France win Grand Slam• Danielle Waterman scores record 47th try for EnglandEngland’s women, with their fly-half Katy Daley-McLean controlling the game impressively behind a powerful pack, secured a triple crown with vic…

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England women focused on Ireland but braced for France to deliver bad news

• France can seal Six Nations half an hour after England game ends• England coach Simon Middleton rings changes for Ireland matchEngland are bracing themselves for a bittersweet evening in Coventry on Friday. For while Sarah Hunter’s side should overco…

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England women’s grand slam dreams shattered by France in Six Nations

• France 18-17 England• Last-minute try by full-back Jessy Tremouliere seals France winEngland’s dreams of a second successive grand slam were shattered at Stade des Alpes last night. The team, led again by Sarah Hunter, can still win the Six Nations t…

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France 22-16 England: how the players rated in the Six Nations game

French danger man Maxime Machenaud lived up to his billing, while an out-of-sorts George Ford was substitutedHugo Bonneval 5 Couldn’t repeat his thrilling form against Italy after departing for a head injury assessment. He didn’t return after the break…

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England women make adjustments for Six Nations grand slam crunch in France

• Simon Middleton makes seven changes, two positional• France keen to avenge 2017 World Cup semi-final defeatEngland’s women will be in the Stade des Alpes on Saturday night knowing they have to take their game to new heights against a French side itch…

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Scotland 25-13 England: how the players rated in the Six Nations

Finn Russell produced a brilliant performance under scrutiny, while Joe Launchbury was one of England’s few bright sparksStuart Hogg 6 The full-back did not have the chance to make too many counterattacks but gave a steady display and was a rock in def…

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Katy Daley-McLean takes control as England overwhelm Scotland

• Scotland 8 England 43• England score seven tries in Women’s Six NationsEngland’s surge to another grand slam continued in Glasgow on Friday as they scored seven tries to overwhelm their opponents on another difficult night for the Scots. A much-chang…

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England run rampant against Wales in Women’s Six Nations

• England 52-0 Wales• Teenager Ellie Kildunne scores England’s last and best tryEngland are on course for another grand slam. In miserable conditions at the Stoop they ran in eight tries against a Wales side every bit as outclassed as they had been in …

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Wales 34-7 Scotland: how the players rated in the Six Nations game

Aaron Shingler was the man of the match for Wales, a massive physical presence in a dominant back row. For Scotland there were few stars in a disappointing displayLeigh Halfpenny 6/10 The full-back had not scored a try for Wales for five years but cros…