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Women

England beat France - England advanced closer to the Six Nations 2019 title with an excellent performance against third ranked France 41-26 at home. Les Bleues were the defending champion from 2018 and could also boast of a rare victory against New Zealand in France last year. England led 24-0 at the break, which effectively was a margin that not even a 26-point French second half surge could overcome. To date, England have dispatched Ireland and France, the two most competitive sides, and now will face the lower end of the challengers with Italy, Wales, and Scotland on tap in February and March.

Ireland defeat Scotland – The Irish Women rebounded from an opening match loss to England to defeat Scotland away 22-13. Ahead 12-10 at the break, Ireland plodded along in the second half, outscoring the Scots ten to three. It seems that the battle for second place in the event will occur when France and Ireland meet.

Italy 3 tie Wales 3 – An infrequent outcome; a low scoring game and a draw. Neither fifteen looked especially competent. The Azzurre are 1-0-1 with the more difficult matches (England, Ireland, and France) still ahead.

Men

England stomp France – England led 30-8 at home in Twickenham, eventually, adding 14 points in the second half to romp 44-8. Johnny May had a hat trick. The English deep kicking game proved a brilliant strategy and Les Blues had no response to the onslaught. These fifteens will meet again in the Rugby World Cup pools in Japan this September. England go 2-0, while France are 0-2 in the Six Nations. Highlights at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kB6dm4lwSWg

Ireland beat Scotland – The Irish came back from a loss to England last week to defeat Celtic rival, Scotland away at Murrayfield. The score was 22-13 and Ireland were never challenged. These two nations also will meet in September’s RWC pool.

Wales defeat Italy – Wales are 2-0. The match against England should determine who wins the Six Nations this year. The Welsh led 12-7 at the half and both sides played even in the second period. At the whistle, Wales 26-Italy 15.

European Championship

Spain 16 – Russia 14

Georgia 18 – Romania 9