France 4 – 24 England
Tonneins, France
June 17

England Women got off to the perfect start in Tonneins to triumph 24-4 in their international against France Women.

The first of a two-match series could not have gone any better for Chris Chapman’s side, who outperformed a resilient French team looking for victory on home soil.

Tara Jones got the first try for England as she opened the scoring on the 14th minute of the game and was closely followed by Jodie Cunningham after Andrea Dobson broke the line to find Cunningham in support to score the second try on 17 minutes.

French winger Blandine Britis scored her side’s only try of the game on the stroke of half-time to make it 10 – 4.

The second half got off to a quick start and England carried on from where they left off – slick passing from Jenny Welsby, Sarah Fletcher and Amy Hardcastle sent Jones in for her second try four minutes into the half.

Cunningham also scored a brace after she pounced on a kick from Welsby to put England 14 points clear of the opposition on the 55 minute mark.

Charlotte Booth scored the final try of the game after she received the ball on the right wing and stepped inside two oncoming defenders to go over the line. Carrie Roberts converted on the final whistle.

England Women now head into the final match of this international series on Saturday (June 20) in Biganos (6.30pm).