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Red Roses reach Six Nations final following dominant display in Italy

Mike Bovill
Authored by Mike Bovill
Posted: Monday, April 12, 2021 - 07:12

England recovered from a slow start to score nine tries in a rampant performance against Italy to secure a place in the final of the revised Six Nations.

The Red Roses are likely to face France at the Twickenham Stoop on Saturday 24 April after making it two wins from two in their pool matches in this year's shortened competition.

Italy competed hard in the first half and were the better team for long stretches, restricting England to interception tries for Emily Scarratt and Vicky Fleetwood.

However, the visitors were able to take advantage as a lack of game time over the past year showed for the Azzuri, running in seven further tries, including two for winger Abbie Dow - to complete a 67-3 rout.

Head coach Simon Middleton made eight personnel and two positional changes for the match in Parma and insists he still doesn't know his strongest side ahead of the final.

"At this point in time if you asked me to name my 23 for the final, I don't have it," he said.

"We will look back through both games and study them in more detail. We've got good choices. Whoever we pick, we'll have good choices."


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