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England v France, Women’s Six Nations Final: live score and latest updates

, England v France, Women’s Six Nations Final: live score and latest updates, The Nzuchi Times
  • Latest score: England 0 France 0

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22 mins: England 0-0 France           

Scarratt has to go off the pitch – I think it’s for a head injury assessment. That’s not good for England – she’s so important for the hosts. 


20 mins: England 0-0 France          

England seeing more of the ball at the moment – they’re in the opposition 22, keeping the ball alive. France defend well but under pressure concede a penalty. 

Scarratt misses another kick – this one was 15 yards out and that’s a bit of a shock. 


15 mins: England 0-0 France         

Scarratt has a chance to put the hosts in front but pulls her kick from 30 yards out. She’s not happy – she usually slots those home. 


12 mins: England 0-0 France        

England have been on the back foot so far. But they win a penalty and kick for touch – they now have a decent platform from which to attack, but the lineout goes long and France win possession. 


10 mins: England 0-0 France       

63 per cent of the match so far have been played in the Red Roses’ half. The England defence is being tested and is doing well so far. 


8 mins: England 0-0 France      

France are looking good – they’re in the England 22 again and only a fine tackle by Davies prevents the French from taking a deserved lead. England know they’re in for a tough afternoon. 


7 mins: England 0-0 France     

Great defence from England – France are attacking in the 22 but the hosts defence holds very firm and it stays scoreless. 


5 mins: England 0-0 France    

England trying to keep the ball alive, which is all well and good but sometimes you just need to kick for territory. The hosts don’t and France now have the ball in England’s 22…


3 mins: England 0-0 France   

The French pack get an early victory – winning a penalty from a scum. They looked pumped up for this. 


2 mins: England 0-0 France  

England retain possession from the kick off – and get the ball running along the backline. Scarratt runs at the French and the ball is turned over. 

They then counter attack on the right flank and England’s defence hold firm. 

Great start to the match. 


1 min: England 0-0 France 

We’re under way at the Stoop, a big 80 minutes awaits us. 

, England v France, Women’s Six Nations Final: live score and latest updates, The Nzuchi Times

The teams are out on the pitch

And the national anthems have been sung – always like a rousing rendition of the La Marseillaise, one of the better national songs out there…


Ready and up for the match 


France will pose a tough test 

France have not won on English soil since 2015 but they pose the biggest challenge in recent years and are out to break seven-game losing streak to the Red Roses. They come into the match on the back of two impressive wins over Ireland (56-15) and Wales (53-0). 


England coach Simon Middleton speaks…

On decision to start with Poppy Cleall instead of Sarah Hunter…

“[Sarah] did well at the Italy game but this game will be another level, the game will be won or lost at the back end and that’s probably the time to have her on.”

On the challenge that faces England today…

“France play on confidence a lot and we need a good start to the game and hope we can play like we did in the second half against Italy – it’s going to be a big test all round.” 


Here’s the France side 

FRANCE XV TO FACE ENGLAND: Boulard; Banet, Neisen, Ulutule, Boujard; Drouin, Sansus; Deshaye, Sochat, Bernadou, Fall, N’Diaye, Mayans, Hermet, Menager. Replacements: Touye, Traore, Joyeux, Corson, Diallo, Bourdon, Peyronnet, Tremouliere.


Here be the England side

ENGLAND XV TO FACE FRANCE:McKenna; Breach, Scarratt (capt), Harrison, Dow; Rowland, Riley; Cornborough, Davies, Brown, Ward, O’Donnell, Aldcroft, Packer, P Cleall. Replacements: Cokayne, Harper, B Cleall, Millar-Mills, Hunter, MacDonald, Tuima, Kildunne.

As expected with the big call being Poppy Cleall in for Sarah Hunter. I say big call but on form that is the percentage call. 


England v France, Six Nations Final team news

Emily Scarratt will captain England in today’s Women’s Six Nations Final against France at Twickenham Stoop, with regular skipper Sarah Hunter dropping to the bench.

Hunter, 35, returned from a 13-month international absence for the 67-3 win over Italy and is yet to hit top form. Poppy Cleall will start at No 8 instead.

“It was great to have Sarah Hunter back against Italy,” head coach Simon Middleton said. “She’s not quite at the level she would want to be and we need for this game at the moment which is to be expected.

“Sarah respects there are a lot of players in the back row and back five in great form… She’s not quite there yet but it’s a challenge she’s more than up for.”

Abbie Ward and Marlie Packer return to the starting lineup at lock and openside flanker respectively, while Zoe Harrison will make her first start of the 2021 competition at inside centre.

Helena Rowland, who has scored two tries in as many matches, retains her place at fly-half with Leanne Riley at scrum-half.

Zoe Aldcroft starts at six, with Cath O’Donnell making her third consecutive appearance in the second row. Sarah McKenna starts at full-back with Abby Dow and Jess Breach making up the back three.

“We’ve brought Marlie back in this week. Physicality at the breakdown will be imperative against France and amongst other things that’s what Marlie gives you,” Middleton said.

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