England proved there is life after Sarah Hunter with a 12 attempted demolition of Italy at Franklin’s Gardens, with Abby Dow crossing four times to take two wins in the Women’s Six Nations.
Wales also continued their impeccable start to the Championship with a 34-22 victory over Scotland in Edinburgh to take their second bonus point victory, as 14-woman France defeated Ireland 53–3 in Cork.
Eight players – Chloe Rollie, Gabrielle Vernier, Holly Aitchison, Gwenllian Pyrs, Sisilia Tuipulotu, Audrey Forlani, Marlie Packer and Sioned Harries – are elected to our squad for the second week in a row, but who else will make it?
15. Chloe Rollie (Scotland)
Said through the Wales defense for a fine individual try in the 65th minute and showed real attacking intent throughout the game, although – like her three back colleagues – she looked a little shaky defensively.
14. Abby Dow (England)
Scored four times in the Red Roses’ defeat in Italy, twice firing the afterburners to come in from just over halfway. Hooked up well with her back-three unit of Jess Breach and Claudia MacDonald and looked menacing every time she touched the ball.
13. Hannah Jones (Wales)
Drafted the defense very well which proved integral to Wales’ win. Showed real leadership in keeping her squad calm and chasing a hard-earned win.
12. Gabrielle Vernier (France)
Scored two in France’s breakdown of Ireland and was her usual evasive self going forward. Constantly perforated the defensive line. In the post-Laure Sansus era, she has singled herself out as one of France’s new leaders.