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Category: Women’s rugby union

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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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Six Nations: talking points from opening round of fixtures

John Mitchell key for England; Wales’ Dan Biggar offers alternative denied to France; Scotland’s chance to show ambition; England women face formidable French packIreland have won every match in the final round of the Six Nations under Joe Schmidt, but…

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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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Brutality, home wins and drop goals: what to expect from the Six Nations

Away wins are likely to be rare, drop goals less so and the women’s competition looks to be between England and FranceDiscounting matches against Italy, there were two away wins last year, both by Ireland. Twelve months before that just one, by England…

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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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Meet the Clealls: the Saracens twins forging a winning partnership

Poppy and Bryony Cleall have played together – and against each other – since the age of six and this weekend will be side by side in a top-of-the-table clashAs kids, Poppy and Bryony Cleall always sat back-to-back when they were unwrapping their birth…

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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…

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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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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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Australia disappointed as New Zealand win Women’s Rugby World Cup hosting rights

2021 bid had secured $10m in government fundingAttention turns towards hosting men’s World CupRugby Australia’s annus horribilis has continued after New Zealand were awarded the 2021 Women’s World Cup in Dublin. New Zealand edged out Australia 25-17 de…

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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…