England Women Crush Ireland 88-10, Set Up Grand Slam Decider vs France

England women's rugby team thrashed Ireland 88-10 in the Six Nations 2024, setting up a potential Grand Slam decider against France. The dominant performance highlights the growing popularity of women's rugby ahead of the 2025 World Cup.

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England Women Crush Ireland 88-10, Set Up Grand Slam Decider vs France

England Women Crush Ireland 88-10, Set Up Grand Slam Decider vs France

The England women's rugby team delivered a dominant performance on Saturday, defeating Ireland 88-10 at Twickenham in the Six Nations 2024 tournament. Wingers Abby Dow and Ellie Kildunne both scored hat-tricks as England amassed 14 tries in front of a crowd of 48,778 fans.

England's lethal attack was on full display, with Megan Jones and Jess Breach also scoring twice each. Natasha Hunt, Zoe Aldcroft, Sadia Kabeya, and Maddie Feaunati added tries of their own, while Holly Aitchison converted 9 of the scores. Ireland managed a penalty try in response, but were ultimately outclassed by the superior England side.

The victory sets up a potential Grand Slam decider against France next Saturday, as both teams remain undefeated in the tournament. England are aiming for their third successive Grand Slam and sixth successive Six Nations title. "We stepped up today and there's still more to come," said England head coach John Mitchell after the match.

Why this matters: The lack of competitiveness in the Women's Six Nations is becoming a concern, with only France capable of challenging England's dominance. However, the match attracted a large crowd at Twickenham, highlighting the growing popularity of women's rugby ahead of England hosting the next Women's Rugby World Cup in 2025.

England have now won 28 consecutive games in the Six Nations, extending their record for consecutive wins across both the men's and women's championships. France, who last beat England in the competition back in 2018, pose the biggest threat to ending that streak when the two sides meet in Bordeaux next weekend for what promises to be an epic championship decider.

Key Takeaways

  • England women's rugby team defeated Ireland 88-10 in the 2024 Six Nations tournament.
  • Wingers Abby Dow and Ellie Kildunne scored hat-tricks, with 14 tries overall for England.
  • England are aiming for their third successive Grand Slam and sixth successive Six Nations title.
  • The lack of competitiveness in the Women's Six Nations is a concern, with only France challenging England.
  • England have now won 28 consecutive games in the Six Nations, a record across both men's and women's.