6N Women: Round 4
It seemed unlikely that Scotland would put a dent in England's march towards the Grand Slam.
It probably still does but then there was the miracle in the rain in Cumbernauld when a last-minute penalty gave them a win over Wales. But then look what England did to Wales and this will not be in Caledonia stern and wild but on England's green and pleasant Stoop.
England vs France, 26-13
Ireland vs Scotland, 22-15
Wales vs Italy 20-8
England vs Wales, 63-0
France vs Scotland, 55-0
Ireland vs Italy, 27-3
Scotland vs Wales, 15-14
England vs Italy, 29-15
Ireland vs France, 13-10
Log after Three Rounds
1. England - 14 pts
2. Ireland - 14 pts
3. France - 6 pts
4. Wales - 5 pts
5. Scotland - 5 pts
6. Italy - 0 pts
Wales vs Ireland
Both these teams lost in the last round, Wales to Scotland and Ireland to France. Wales have pruned =considerably, Ireland less drastically.
After their shock, last-minute defeat against Scotland, Wales Women have seven changes to face Ireland. Ireland beat them in Donnybrook earlier this season but the Welsh will be charged with emotion after the death of their team-mate Elli Norkett in a two-car motor accident near Glynneath. And they are playing in Wales.
Both halfbacks have been changed and go to the bench and wing Ali Tavener comes onto the left wing as Elen Evans switches to the =right. There three changes in the pack as loosehead Caryl Thomas and No.8 Shona Powell-Hughes start and Sioned Harries moves from No.8 to flank.
Three players who were in Las Vegas last weekend will be in Cardiff this weekend, playing for Ireland against Wales - wings Alison Miller and Hannah Tyrrell and inside centre Sene Naoupu. The pack is as it was against France in Round 2
Wales: 15 Dyddgu Hywel (Scarlets), 14 Elen Evans (Scarlets), 13 Kerin Lake (Ospreys), 12 Rebecca de Filippo (Newport Gwent Dragons), 11 Adi Taviner (Ospreys), 10 Robyn Wilkins (Ospreys), 9 Keira Bevan (Ospreys), 8 Shona Powell-Hughes (Ospreys) 7 Rachel Taylor (Scarlets), 6 Sioned Harries (Scarlets), 5 Mel Clay (Ospreys), 4 Rebecca Rowe (Newport Gwent Dragons), 3 Amy Evans (Ospreys), 2 Carys Phillips (Ospreys) (captain), 1 Cerys Hale (Newport Gwent Dragons)
Replacements: 16 Lowri Harries (Scarlets), 17 Cerys Hale (Newport Gwent Dragons), 18 Gwenllian Pyrs (Scarlets), 19 Siwan Lillicrap (Ospreys), 20 Alisha Butchers (Scarlets), 21 Rhiannon Parker (Cardiff Blues), 22 Elinor Snowsill (Newport Gwent Dragons), 23 Gemma Rowland (Newport Gwent Dragons)
Ireland: 15 Kim Flood (Railway Union), 14 Hannah Tyrrell (Old Belvedere), 13 Jenny Murphy (Old Belvedere), 12 Sene Naoupu (Aylesford Bulls), 11 Alison Miller (Old Belvedere/Connacht), 10 Nora Stapleton (Old Belvedere), 9 Mary Healy (Galwegians), 8 Paula Fitzpatrick (St Mary's) (captain), 7 Claire Molloy (Bristol), 6 Ciara Griffin (UL Bohemians), 5 Marie Louise Reilly (Old Belvedere), 4 Sophie Spence (Old Belvedere), 3 Ailis Egan (Old Belvedere), 2 Leah Lyons (Highfield), 1 Lindsay Peat (Railway Union)
Replacements: 16 Ciara O'Connor (Galwegians), 17 Ilse van Staden (Cooker), 18 Ruth O'Reilly (Galwegians), 19 Ciara Cooney (Railway Union), 20 Nichola Fryday (Tullamore), 21 Larissa Muldoon (Railway Union), 22 Nikki Caughey (Railway Union), 23 Mairead Coyne (Galwegians)
Date: Saturday, 11 March 2017
Venue: Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff
Referee: Claire Hodnett (England)
Assistant referees: Joy Neville (Ireland), Simon Rees (Wales)
Television match official: Eric Gauzins (France)
England vs Scotland
England who have been on the crest of the wave have made five changes to the team that beat Italy but did not have it all their own way.
Fullback Danielle Waterman and wing Lydia Thompson, who both missed the third-round match against Italy, return to the starting line-up. Bristol wing Amy Wilson Hardy, the leading try scorer of the championship so far, and Worcester Valkyries prop Laura Keates are rested for the game. Justine Lucas moves across to tighthead and Rochelle Clark comes into loosehead to win her 121st cap. Prop Vickii Cornborough comes onto the bench.
Scotland have made two changes, one to the starting team and two to the bench. The change to the loose forwards has been forced because of an injury to forceful Jade Konkel who last year became the first Scottish woman to sign up as full-time professional rugby player. Lock Sarah Bonar comes onto the flank in the starting team and the loose forwards are shuffled. Rachael Cook comes onto the bench in the place of Sarah Bonar and Abi Evans takes Lauren Harries's place on the bench.
England: 15 Danielle Waterman (Bristol, 14 Lydia Thompson (Worcester Valkyries), 13 Emily Scarratt (Lichfield), 12 Amber Reed (Bristol), 11 Kay Wilson (Richmond), 10 Emily Scott (Saracens), 9 La Toya Mason (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks), 8 Sarah Hunter (Bristol), (captain) 7 Marlie Packer (Bristol), 6 Alex Matthews (Richmond), 5 Harriet Millar-Mills (Lichfield), 4 Tamara Taylor (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks), 3 Justine Lucas (Lichfield), 2 Amy Cokayne (Lichfield), 1 Rochelle Clark (Worcester Valkyries)
Replacements: 16 Vicky Fleetwood (Saracens), 17 Vickii Cornborough (Aylesford Bulls), 18 Sarah Bern (Bristol), 19 Poppy Cleall (Bristol), 20 Izzy Noel-Smith (Bristol), 21 Bianca Blackburn (Worcester Valkyries), 22 Rachael Burford (Aylesford Bulls), 23 Sarah McKenna (Saracens).
Scotland: 15 Chloe Rollie (Murrayfield Wanderers), 14 Megan Gaffney (Edinburgh University), 13 Lisa Thomson (Edinburgh University), 12 Lisa Martin (Murrayfield Wanderers) (captain), 11 Rhona Lloyd (Edinburgh University), 10 Helen Nelson (Murrayfield Wanderers), 9 Sarah Law (Murrayfield Wanderers/Edinburgh University), 8 Jemma Forsyth (Hillhead Jordanhill), 7 Louise McMillan (Hillhead Jordanhill), 6 Sarah Bonar (Lichfield), 5 Deborah McCormack (Aylesford Bulls), 4 Emma Wassell (Murrayfield Wanderers), 3 Lindsey Smith (Hillhead Jordanhill), 2 Lana Skeldon (Hillhead Jordanhill), 1 Tracy Balmer (Worcester)
Replacements: 16 Lucy Park (Murrayfield Wanderers), 17 Heather Lockhart (Hillhead Jordanhill), 18 Katie Dougan (Edinburgh University), 19 Rachael Cook (Murrayfield Wanderers), 20 Lyndsay O'Donnell (Worcester), 21 Jenny Maxwell (Lichfield), 22 Eilidh Sinclair (Murrayfield Wanderers), 23 Abi Evans (Hillhead Jordanhill)
Date: Saturday 11 March 2017
Venue: The Stoop, Twickenham
Referee: Sean Gallagher (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Sara Cox (England), Nikki O'Donnell
Television match official: Stefano Pennè (Italy)
Timekeeper: John Burtenshaw (England)
Italy vs France
France have changed five players for their clash in Parma with Italy.
Shannon Izar moves from left wing to fullback and Caroline Boujard takes her place on the wing. The halfbacks are also changed with Abadie starting sat flyhalf and Rivoalen at scrumhalf.
There is just one change in the pack with the return of lock Céline Ferer. Lénaïg Corson goes to the bench.
France: 15 Shannon Izar (Lille-Villeneuve d'Ascq), 14 Camille Grassineau, 13 Caroline Ladagnous (Bobigny), 12 Elodie Poublan (Montpellier), 11 Caroline Boujard (Montpellier), 10 Audrey Abadie (Blagnac-Saint Orens), 9 Yanna Rivoalen (Lille-Villeneuve d'Ascq), 8 Safi N’Diaye (Montpellier), 7 Marjorie Mayans (Blagnac-Saint Orens), 6 Romane Ménager (Lille-Villeneuve d'Ascq), 5 Audrey Forlani (Blagnac-Saint Orens), 4 Céline Ferer (Bayonne), 3 Julie Duval (Caen), 2 Gaëlle Mignot (Montpellier) (captain), 1 Lise Arricastre (Lons)
Replacements: 16 Caroline Thomas (Romagnat), 17 Rkia Aït Labib (Stade Rennais), 18 Lénaïg Corson (Rennes), 19 Gaëlle Hermet (Toulouse), 20 Jade Le Pesq (Rennes), 21 Caroline Drouin (Stade Rennais), 22 Jessy Trémoulière (Romagnat), 23 Patricia Carricaburu (Lons)
Date: Sunday, 12 March 2017
Venue: Stadio Lanfranchi, Parma
Referee: Helen O'Reilly (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Beatrice Benvenuti (Italy), Local
Television match official: Simon McDowell (Ireland)
Assessor: David McHugh (Ireland)