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FRANCE ON THE ATTACK

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.