England v Ireland, Women’s 6 Nations 2018, Ricoh Stadium, Coventry

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Some were less happy to be supporting the Red Roses!

England Women played Ireland Women in the last match of the 6 Nations competition at the Ricoh Stadium on 16th March 2018.

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England’s Sarah Hunter

England could secure a 6 Nations title with a win against Ireland, if France lost to Wales, unfortunately for the Red Roses this didn’t happen, England convincingly beat Ireland but France thumped Wales 38 – 3.

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Ireland & England line-up for the national anthems, prior to their 6 Nations match at the Ricoh Stadium, Coventry.

Tries for England came from Danielle Waterman, Marlie Packer, Amy Cokayne, Ellie Kildunne and Amber Reed.

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Amber Reed breaks for the line
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Amber Reed scores for England
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Ellie Kildunne tries to break Ireland’s defence
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Sarah Bern breaks through
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England’s Danielle Waterman
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Ireland’s Sene Naoupu
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England’s Rachel Burford is upended
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Ireland’s Louise Galvin chases back
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England’s Katy McLean

The only Ireland try came from Claire Molloy.

 

Aside from a truly cracking game of rugby, the stand-out event of the match was the sheer emotion of the game. The teams both looked tired and it had clearly been an exhausting 6 Nations campaign.

The Ireland fans packed out the East Stand to support their team and when the game finished, many of the Ireland players came to join relatives and fans, clambering over the advertising hoardings.

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England’s Shauna Brown signs autographs for fans
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Ireland’s Ailsa Hughes & Laura Feely
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Ireland’s Claire Molloy
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England’s Catherine O’Donnell
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Ireland’s Laura Feely
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The teams were both well supported with a record crowd at the Ricoh Stadium
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Ireland’s Niamh Briggs
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Ireland’s Niamh Briggs
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England’s Katy McLean

It was very emotional and lovely to watch.

 

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