England confirmed as Women’s Six Nations champions after France draw

England have officially sealed the 2020 Women’s Six Nations title.

The Red Roses complete their delayed campaign against Italy next weekend, but are now already guaranteed the title ahead of that final-day trip to Rome.

That is because nearest rivals France failed to beat Scotland in their game in hand on Sunday, with debutant Rachel Shankland notching a late try and eight points from the boot of Helen Nelson earning the hosts a share of the spoils in a tense 13-13 draw in Glasgow.

Such a result means runaway leaders England – who had won all four of their matches before the coronavirus pandemic brought a halt to the competition in March – can no longer be caught at the summit, despite Ireland’s 21-17 win over Italy in Dublin earlier on Sunday.

It is England’s second successive Six Nations triumph, third in four years and 16th title overall.

Simon Middleton’s side will be heavy favourites to make it consecutive Grand Slams against Italy next weekend.


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