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France ensured they ended the Six Nations Under-18s Women’s Festival undefeated with a 46-21 win over England.

Both sides were without defeat heading into the contest, with France winning all four of their previous matches, and they made that five with an impressive win over England.

There was also victory for Wales who beat Italy 41-22 while Ireland rounded off the festival with a 48-7 win over Scotland.


France crowned their unbeaten festival campaign with a 46-21 win over England.

Perrine Fagnen and Aelig Tregouet both crossed twice in an impressive showing which saw France run in eight tries in total as they inflicted a first defeat on England in their final match.

France made the breakthrough inside five minutes through Zarah Macquart after a superb break forward from scrum half Fagnen but England hit back quickly through Evie Haskell after the scrum half produced a terrific drop of the shoulder from the back of a ruck, and Molly Bunker added the extras to nudge her side ahead 7-5.

But that lead would last less than two minutes as Fagnen responded to her opposite number with an impressive solo try after she stole the ball from an England scrum.

The French lead was then extended after 23 minutes, as centre Aelig Tregouet powered home after being slipped in by the influential Fagnen.

But England had their second try just two minutes after conceding as a breathless first half continued, Haineala Lutui barged her way through after Haskell provided quick ball from two back-to-back penalties in the French 22, and Bunker again slotted the conversion to narrow the score to 15-14.

However France continued to look devastatingly dangerous in attack and had a fourth try before the interval as Kaléa Berroyer finished in the corner and Fagnen added her second, and France’s fifth, with another surging run from deep to score in the corner.

England began brightly after the restart but it was France who extended their lead, as Faustine Piscicelli intercepted a pass and raced through to score.

Pisicielli was involved again immediately after for France’s seventh try as she broke the line again before passing to the onrushing Tregouet to score her second.

Mariama Tandiang added her name to the scoresheet with 15 minutes left on the clock as she stepped her defender and raced down the wing to score under the posts before Hayley Jones grabbed a consolation for England late on.


Wales signed off with a win on home soil thanks to a 41-22 victory over Italy.

Branwen Metcalfe and Saran Jones were both at the double as Wales controlled proceedings despite a bright opening from Italy, who saw hooker Chiara Cheli score twice.

Both sides started quickly under blue skies in Colwyn Bay, and it was Italy who grabbed the game’s first try after 10 minutes as Cheli spotted a gap and dived over after heavy pressure on the Welsh try-line.

That lead was wiped out almost immediately as Metcalfe burrowed over from Wales’ first foray into the 22 and Hanna Marshall excellently slotted the conversion.

Suddenly Wales had the momentum on home soil, drawing a number of penalties in quick succession and it proved the platform to spread the ball wide to Jones, who dotted down in the corner.

Hannah Lane then raced down the pitch as Wales looked to take further advantage of their dominance, which they duly did from a resulting lineout as Metcalfe grabbed her second of the afternoon.

But Italy hit back and had their second try soon after, quick hands through the line released Carola Fogarin, who unselfishly released Vittoria Francolini to race through and score.

Wales started the second half brightly as they looked to extend their lead and eventually found a way through via Evie Hill, who crashed over from close range after relentless Welsh pressure on the Italian line and Hanna Marshall superbly added the extras from the touchline for a 12-point lead.

Lane pushed that out further a minute later, breaking the line and surging clear to score in the corner before grabbing her second 10 minutes later as the ball was worked out wide to give the centre the easiest of run-ins and Marshall added a further two points with another excellent conversion.

Italy responded as they looked to find a way back into the game and scored almost immediately after conceding, Cheli again burrowed her way through from close range for her second of the afternoon.

But Jones made sure of victory for Wales with her second try of the match as she intercepted a pass out wide and powered clear to score before with Alice Antonazzo found a way over for late on to reduce the deficit.


Ireland had the better of the opening exchanges but were made to wait until over a quarter of an hour had been played for their opening try, but finally found a way through thanks to slick hands in the back which Sophie Cullen finished off in the corner.

They got their second five minutes later through more relentless pressure in the 22 as Bronagh Boggan forced her way over from close range.

Caitriona Finn then added a third just before half time after breaking the line and then exchanging passes with Cullen to send her side into the break with a 17-0 lead.

Ireland began the second half as they left off in the first and had their fourth try of the afternoon within seven minutes of the restart as Emma Jane Wilson powered over.

Another try came quickly after as more good hands in the backs allowed Finn to release Emily Foley into open space and the wing raced clear to dot down.

Abby Healy then grabbed Ireland’s sixth just seconds after coming off the bench as she broke through the Scottish line and then evaded a number of defenders to score.

Scotland continued to push for a deserved score of their own and found it just before the hour mark after a sustained period of pressure, Scarlet Downes the one to eventually breakthrough and score.

But Ireland responded through Healy, who danced through the defence for her second of the afternoon and Mia Hennelly completed the scoring with the clock in the red with another close-range finish.