France 15 - 17 England England edged France for the second time in the space of the week after a floodlight failure at the Stade Lille-Metropole spontaneously brought an intense game to a bizarre end. Both teams were ordered back to their changing rooms after 62 minutes and the game was later abandoned, with concerns over injuries should the match be resumed. The result - which will go down as an official win due to the fact that more than 60 minutes of the match were completed - meant England preserved their No1 world ranking and extended their winning streak over the French to nine matches. France will arguably feel more aggrieved by the premature end, which will ultimately raise questions over the amateurism that is still very much apparent in women’s Test rugby. Despite likening the episode to “when the lights go out at training” Sarah Hunter, the England captain, refused to be drawn on whether such a scenario would have happened in a men’s international. “We’re not privy to the reason why the lights weren’t on,” said Hunter. “It’s something that we can’t compare to the men. The men could have been playing here and the same thing could have happened, so I’m not sure it’s a comparison to make.”
Emily Scarratt’s late penalty sealed England’s 10-6 win over France and a third-straight Women’s Six Nations title. Poppy Cleall’s try on the stroke of half-time put England in the box seat and coach Simon Middleton’s side secured their eighth consecutive victory over the French. Scarratt converted the game’s only try to send England into the changing rooms 7-0 to the good.
England repel France challenge to win Women's Six Nations for third year in a row; Poppy Cleall scored the only try of the game just before the break at Twickenham Stoop; Emily Scarratt added the conversion and a late penalty; Ireland claim third place by beating Italy England celebrate winning the Guinness Women's Six Nations England claimed their third Women's Six Nations title in a row with a hard-fought 10-6 victory over France at Twickenham Stoop.