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The 6 Nations Opener – England see off Ireland

The Red Roses amassed eight tries at Energia Park, Donnybrook, a ground that is fast becoming an all-timefavourite of theirs, after the Grand Slam win there in 2017. This was a significant day in the world of women’s rugby, the first time a full-term professional side had taken the field. For most of the 80 minutes,

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6 Nations – Before the Starting-Pistol fires

Squads announced and other matters The England Squad to play Ireland in Dublin on Friday, 1 February: 15. Sarah McKenna (Saracens) 14. Jess Breach (Harlequins) 13. Emily Scarratt (Loughborough) 12. Tatyana Heard (Gloucester-Hartpury) 11. Kelly Smith (Gloucester-Hartpury) 10. Katy Daley-Mclean (Loughborough)  9. Leanne Riley (Harlequins)  1. Hannah Botterman (Saracens)  2. Lark Davies (Worcester)  3. Sarah

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Six Nations Latest – The Odds Swing

Big news from France: the FFR announces 28 contracts for 15s players, to bring them in line with their 7s sisters – and more or less in line with their English counterparts, though the fine print of the contracts differs. Complaints are already streaming in about the 50% part-time arrangements set in place. The recipients

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The Women’s 6 Nations is launched

The 6 Nations 2019 version was launched in the swish surroundings of the Hurlingham Club. Nolli Waterman now appeared on the other side of the camera, so to speak, introducing the honoured guests alongside Will Greenwood.   In between generous offerings of  food and Guinness, the official sponsors – though not quite yet the full-time

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Red Roses earn bonus point win over Ireland

England Women end their 2018 Six Nations campaign with a bonus-point 33-11 win over Ireland at Ricoh Arena, Coventry to finish second in the competition. Despite dominating the early possession, it took until the 11th minute for England to take the lead as Waterman secured her place as outright leading try scorer on 47, overtaking

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