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Category: England women’s rugby union team

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England captain Sarah Hunter adds to call for women’s Lions team

• Hunter eyes tours to France, North America and New Zealand• England coach Simon Middelton: ‘It is a great idea’The British & Irish Lions are coming under increasing pressure to create a women’s team after the England head coach, Simon Middleton, …

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Women’s Six Nations team of the tournament: all-conquering England dominate best XV

Sarah Hunter’s grand slam winners may have swept all before them, but the statistics show players from all nations came to the foreArricastre scored a hard-fought try against Ireland, and had 100% successful tackles against England. She is a phenomenal…

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‘We want to be No 1’: England Women seek World Cup glory after grand slam

• Six Nations triumph finishes with 80-0 win over Scotland• ‘England have taken women’s rugby to next level’Sarah Hunter, the England captain, believes their grand slam triumph will be the launchpad to taking the women’s game to a new level. Related: E…

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England Women thrash Scotland Women to win Six Nations grand slam

• England Women 80-0 Scotland Women• Sarah Hunter’s side help themselves to 14th grand slamEngland’s women secured their 14th Six Nations grand slam on Saturday night in a match that was a little more predictable than the one that preceded it. Sarah Hu…

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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 find that playing with speed and a smile can be irresistible | Robert Kitson

Performance against France showed that Eddie Jones has set his rejuvenated team on a third way to successThe first rule of rugby gravity is simple. The best players and coaches are only as good as their next game, not the one just gone. The ideal time …

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Six Nations: talking points from second round of fixtures

Player welfare versus flow of the game, Ireland’s own Beauden Barrett and England kicking on with an All Blacks tacticEarly this season officials were hard on players whose acts risked causing a head injury. It led to a flurry of cards and bans but the…

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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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Ireland Women ready to tackle England’s professionals in Six Nations

Adam Griggs: we can not be worried about disparityAmy Cokayne returns in England team for openerIreland women’s team will not be overawed by England when they face them in their Six Nations opener in Dublin on Friday, coach Adam Griggs has said. Englan…

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England women hoping investment will deliver grand slam glory

Sarah Hunter’s squad of full-time professionals know that France will be biggest rivals in Six NationsWith investment comes expectation for England. As the first full-time XVs squad in women’s rugby, a move their captain, Sarah Hunter, has called revol…

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England’s Marlie Packer: ‘I thought it was all over. I’d lose my job, lose my rugby’

The Saracens back-rower’s career hung by a thread after a ‘soul-destroying’ drink-driving incident but the RFU’s support meant the chance of a fresh startMarlie Packer remembers it as a gorgeous August Saturday. Saracens had a pre-season friendly. She …

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England Women target Six Nations after 28 players given full-time contracts

• New 35-player squad features 28 professionals and seven others• ‘This is a huge opportunity,’ says coach Simon MiddletonKaty Daley-Mclean, who earned her 100th cap during the autumn internationals in November, the captain Sarah Hunter, Marlie Packer,…

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England Women target Six Nations after 28 players given full-time contracts

• New 35-player squad features 28 professionals and seven others• ‘This is a huge opportunity,’ says coach Simon MiddletonKaty Daley-Mclean, who earned her 100th cap during the autumn internationals in November, the captain Sarah Hunter, Marlie Packer,…

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Rugby union: talking points from the final round of autumn Tests

Ireland have much to thank Schmidt for, Italy bear the brunt of All Blacks’ frustrations and Fiji look ominous foes for AustraliaEngland’s autumn ledger reads as follows: P4 W3 L1; tries scored 10, tries conceded six. They have looked both excellent an…