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 win

England’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 title in Coventry on Friday night but France secured victory with a last-minute try by their outstanding full-back Jessy Tremouliere.

The crowd of 17,434 in Grenoble was a record for the women’s Six Nations and England, who had scored 137 points in their previous three games, looked to be heading for a hard-fought win thanks to Katy Daley-McLean’s two successful conversions and a late penalty. But England were never able to cut loose, every attack met by a blue wall of a French defence.

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