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France Women had every reason to believe that if they beat across Channel England, they would win the Six Nations title for second year in a row. But they had not counted on the Irish juggernaut, slamming Scotland by a 73-3 lopsided score, and amassing a 44 point differential. Ireland needed to win by 26 points.
Title 2015 to Ireland, which last won this in 2013.
Playing away in England, Les Bleues defeated the Red Roses 21-15 in a tight contest. England, winner of the 2014 Rugby Women’s World Cup, never showed the mettle of a champion as they lost three games to France, Ireland, and Wales, finishing 2-3. For the French, Jessy Tremouliere capped a blinder of a day, scoring a try, conversion, and three penalties for 16 points.
Meanwhile in Padua, the Italians, easily the most improved squad this year, won its third in a row, besting Wales 22-5, with three tries. The Azzurri finished third in the standings with six points, their highest placement ever, and a fabulous upset over the mighty French.
All credit to Irish coach Tim Tierney on the victory.
At weekend’s end, Ireland could savor Six Nations victories for both men and women. “It was a great day for the Irish.”