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Italy vs. Ireland Women

The fourth round in the Six Nations Women’s championship will probably decide the eventual winner as France visit Italy. The French, last year’s champion, are undefeated at 3-0, scoring 80 points and ceding but 12. The 68 point differential is significantly greater than their five opponents. The Italian women, like the men, defeated a weak Scottish side last week.

Wales host Ireland at St. Helens Rugby and Cricket grounds, capacity 4,500. Both XVs are 2-1, and a victory for Ireland would almost guarantee a second place finish behind France. Even if Les Bleues should lose to England in two-weeks, Ireland would be hard pressed to make up the point differential as both teams finish 4-1. An improved Welsh side will need to play errorless ball against an excellent Irish side.

The final contest witnesses Scotland coming to play England at the Northern Echo Arena in Darlington, England, four-hours north of London. The stadium seats 25,000, and it will be interesting to see how many attend. The Red Roses, winners of last year’s Women’s Rugby World Cup are 1-2, having lost already to Wales (upset) and Ireland.

Games

Friday at 17:35             England vs. Scotland

Saturday at 18:00         Italy vs. France

Sunday at 12:00           Wales vs. Ireland