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The French Women’s team’s narrow victory over England will probably give Les Bleues the 2018 Six Nations crown for the first time since 2014. A win over Wales this Saturday would also award France with a Grand Slam, ending with five wins and no defeats.
England, the number two World Rugby ranked side, will have to be content with a 4-1 season outcome if they beat Ireland at home. For the record, the Red Roses have won 88% of all Tests in combined Home Country, Five Nations, and Six Nations matches since the women’s series began. France have won 76% with all other nations (including Spain for a few years) finishing well below the two, dominant teams in win percentage.
Last Saturday at Stade des Alpes in Grenoble, the attendance of 17,444 set a Six Nations record and nearly filled the 20,000-seat capacity.
France led at halftime 10-7 but England bounced back with ten-points to lead 17-13 with time running out. Then full-back Jessy Trémouliere touched down for the late try and secured the 18-17 victory.
Ireland defeated Scotland 15-12. Italy garnered their first win of the season 22-15 against Wales.
The record of matches follows:
Team 1 2 3 4 Total
England 12 5 1 1 19
France 5 9 4 1 19
Ireland 2 1 6 2 11
Wales 0 3 1 6 10
Scotland 0 1 3 5 9
Spain 0 0 3 2 5
Italy 0 0 1 2 3
This weekend England at home versus Ireland, France host Wales, and Scotland welcome Italy.