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France vs Italy-Photo: Courtesy Six Nations

The second round of the European Six Nations Women’s championship saw Wales surprisingly undefeated at 2 -0. After last round’s victory over England, the Taffies easily defeated Scotland 39 -3. The Welsh will head across the Channel to play France, the only other undefeated XV. A win for Les Bleues would set up a clash with England, which rebounded from their first round, upset loss to Wales.

Ireland 5 vs. France 10

The Match of the Day witnessed France defeating a stubborn Irish side 10-5 away in Ashbourne. This was a reply of the third place WRWC match, won by France at Stade Jean Bouin in Paris. The teams were 0-0 at the break, then Irish hopes ascended with an unconverted try to make it 5-0 for the home side. What followed dashed Irish hopes, as Caroline Boujard intercepted an Irish pass to score under the posts. The conversion made it 7-5, with France adding a late game penalty.

Scotland 3 vs. Wales 39

The Welsh broke out for five, second half scores, overpowering Scotland 39-3. Five different players scored tries for Wales. Up only 6-0 at the break, Wales found empty space throughout the second half. For Wales, a seventh place WRWC finisher, the next 2015 challenge begins with the game against France, last year’s undefeated Six Nation’s champion.

England 39 – Italy 7

The Red Roses returned to normal by whomping Italy with six tries. Two weeks ago, England lost in the first round to a plucky Wales side 0-13, but the team was depleted by several players opting to play in the Brazil Women’s 7s circuit. At full strength, England had no problem against a lesser Italian side that did not qualify for the last WRWC.  The Azzurri scored first, but England led 15-7 at the half.

Next contests

February 27 – Friday – Ireland host England at 19:30

February 27 – Friday – France host Wales at 20:55

March 1 – Sunday – Scotland host Italy at 13:00