International Round-Up

Seven players were on international duty over the weekend

Seven Warriors and Valkyries were in international action in the penultimate round of the NatWest, Women’s and Under 20 6 Nations last weekend.

Ben Te’o played 80 minutes as England battled France in Paris but in a tense finale, the hosts came out on top with a 20-16 win, as England slipped to third in the table.

Ireland secured the NatWest 6 Nations title with a 28-8 win over Scotland in Dublin, where Warriors forward David Denton played 63 minutes after appearing from the bench early on for the visitors.

England welcome Ireland to Twickenham this Saturday as they attempt to try and stop the winners from completing the Grand Slam while Scotland face a trip to Italy in their final game.

Meanwhile, England Women fell to an 18-17 defeat to France in Grenoble after a last-gasp try.

Valkyries’ Lark Davies was in the team which missed out on the chance to cement their place at the top of the table, meaning they must beat Ireland at the Ricoh Arena on Friday night and hope that France lose to Wales at Colwyn Bay. Just three points separate England from France.

Valkyries prop Meg York was on the big stage at the Principality Stadium for Wales Women who took on Italy on Sunday but the visitors sprung a surprise with a 22-15 win.

In the Under 20 6 Nations, Warriors trio Will Butler, Ted Hill and James Scott were involved as England won 22-6 against France in Beziers.

The victory means they now sit level with France on points at the top of the table, but the French have a better points difference.

England battle Ireland at the Ricoh Arena on Friday night (following the England Women’s game) while France face a tough trip to Colwyn Bay against Wales.