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Harlequins hoping to save best for last in Premier 15s final with Saracens | Ian Malin

Quins finished regular season behind Saturday’s opponents but captain Rachael Burford and coach Gary Street, both World Cup winners in 2014, are confident of reversing last year’s final lossA watershed season for women’s rugby in England ends on Saturd…

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England women tilt level playing field of Six Nations as slam beckons

Squad on full-time deals are poised to complete one of most one-sided grand slams on Saturday and their coach agrees this dominance ‘is not really good’ for tournamentIf there is a racing certainty at the end of Cheltenham week it is that around 9.15 o…

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Jess Breach scores twice in England women’s nine-try thrashing of Italy

• England 55-0 Italy• Captain Sarah Hunter returns to score try in 112th gameEngland’s women all but wrapped up the Six Nations title in Exeter and it is impossible to imagine Scotland denying them a grand slam at Twickenham next Saturday night. Sarah …

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England run in nine tries in Women’s Six Nations drubbing of Wales

• Wales 12-51 England• Jess Breach continues remarkable try-scoring formIn the city where England’s men saw their grand slam hopes reduced to rubble, their women’s side continued to build an unstoppable momentum in their own bid for a Six Nations clean…

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Abbie Scott warns England that Wales are different beast at home

England have made a blistering start to their Six Nations campaign but their captain is warning against complacencyAfter such an emphatic start to the Six Nations, chalking up two wins and 92 points, complacency might be the most dangerous opponent for…

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England underline Women’s Six Nations credentials by thrashing France

• England 41-26 France• Katy Daley-Mclean passes 500 international pointsEngland’s women appear to be certainties for a grand slam after only two games. A ruthless display by their forwards and some sharp finishing by their backs destroyed the Six Nat…

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England’s Daley-McLean on point for Le Crunch clash in Women’s Six Nations

• Daley-Mclean can be first English woman to reach 500 points• Match in Doncaster likely to decide the fate of this year’s titleEngland and France notched up more than half a century of points in their opening fixtures of the Women’s Six Nations and Su…

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England power past Ireland in Women’s Six Nations opener

• Ireland 7-51 England• Red Roses begin campaign with eight triesThe Women’s Six Nations kicked off on a freezing Dublin evening but as the mercury dropped England’s performance rose to the occasion. A dominant pack, aggressive defence and clinical fin…

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Women’s Six Nations: England’s Emily Scarratt warns of tough test in Ireland

• 2014 World Cup winner returns for opening game in Dublin• ‘Contracts have made a real difference. It’s easier to prepare’England’s revolution begins in Dublin on Friday night, when the Women’s Six Nations kicks off in Dublin. Sarah Hunter, the Englan…

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Rugby union: talking points from the Champions Cup weekend action

Ross Byrne dominates for Leinster, Exeter can still make progress, and Maro Itoje returns for Saracens who stay on topThere is no stopping Leinster, that defeat at Toulouse proving a blip, and they will surely be too powerful for Wasps when the champio…

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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…