U18s: France and England unbeaten

The Six Nations Under-18 Women’s Festival returned for a third year since its inception in 2022. France ended the first day with two wins, and England a win and a draw.

Published by John Birch, March 29th, 2024

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U18s: France and England unbeaten

To promote an appropriate and competitive playing environment, teams will each play four 35-minute fixtures across the first two match days followed by one full 70-minute fixture on the final match day.

This format allows each team to play one another, every player to start at least one fixture and each Union to benchmark the progress of their female athletes across the competitive spectrum.

The 70-minute matches on Matchday 3 begin with France and England, before Wales take on Italy. The day concludes with Scotland's clash against Ireland.

Results and latest scores:

RESULT: England 19-12 Ireland

An early try in the second minute for Ellie Wilson, breaking away to score under the posts after an Irish knock-on. Most of the play was at England's end, and after 10m a perfect interception try by Caitriona Finn pulled the scores level, Finn converting her own score. After 16m Alma Atagamen powered through the English defence to put Ireland ahead, 12-7. In the 27th minute England finally broke out of their half, and Molly Bunker set up Sarah Parry for England's second try, converted by Bunker. A rain shower made the ball slippery in the final minutes, with Ireland's Emma Jane Wilson knocking on just short of the line. With the clock in the red Abigail Pritchard completed a flowing England backline move for a third try in the corner.

RESULT: England 19-19 Italy

Italy were straight onto the attack, and in the second minute Alessia Cagnotto scored their first try. The next 10 minutes were even until a kick ahead by England was misjudged by an Italian defender, allowing Solana Shaw de Leon to grab the loose ball an score. But Italy's forwards were dominating the set piece, and after winning one scrum against the head, set up a firm base for a move that saw Vittoria Zeni add a second try in the 18th minute. England struck straight back, some excellent kicks setting up an attack from which Iley Bailey's power allowed her to drive over. However two minutes later England were down to 14 with a yellow given to Wilson. Italy looked certain to score, but knocked on inches from the line. The rain now returned, but Italy continued to drive forward allowing Alice Antonazzo to use her size to power over. England threw everything at Italy in the final minutes, with Italy going down to 14 with two minutes to go before, with the clock in the red, England turned over an Italian scrum allowing Isabel van der Straaten to score. Natalee Evans converted to tie the game.

RESULT: Ireland 20-0 Italy

Ireland were on the board first in the 6th minute, after a fumble from an Italian defender allowed Emma Brogan to score. Four minutes later a great run from Sarah Purcell brushed through the Italian defence for a second try. The power of Alma Atagamen was evident in her try against England, and Italy found her unstoppable inside 5m when she scored Ireland's third try in the 19th minute. Leah Irwin finally rounded off a strong performance by Ireland with fourth try from the final play.

RESULT: France 34-0 Scotland

It took France just over a minute to score, a powerful start, Scotland unable to clear theie lines, and Agnes Nau powering over. Three minutes later and France were back on the Scots line again, overwhelming the defence and Perrine Fagnen scoring a second try. In the 10th minute, and Maud Barcelot barged through a number of Scots tackles in a 20m run to score in the corner. In the 22nd minute France won another scrum against the head, and this time it was swung to Cherrazade Saiki who sidestepped through Scotland for a fourth try. Two minutes later and a great team try saw France go the length of the field, Fagnen getting her second try. Just before the half hour, and Jade Gamon sprinted from halfway with none of the Scots able to stop her.

RESULT: Wales 12-31 France

Anna Daniel finally got France on the board after 10 minutes that had mainly been dominated by Welsh possession, after a long period of play that saw France work their way from inside their own 22 to the Welsh line. Two minutes later and Daniel was across the line again after a great run from Aelig Tregouet. A yellow card followed for a high tackle by Lily Hawkins with France in full flow, and with a player up another French try followed from the penalty, this time by Elina Folituu. But it was not all France, and despite being down to 14 Wales attacked from the restart and Shannelle Williams forced her way over. Nevertheless on the halfhour it was Faustine Piscicelli spotting a gap and scoring France's fourth try, and then almost from the restart Anais Peralez scored a fifth sprinting down the touchline. The last word was with Wales, and a try for Evie Hill

RESULT: Wales 12-0 Scotland

After an even opening 10 minutes, where Scotland had most of the chances, it was Seren Lockwood who opened the scoring with a remarkable tapped penalty. Wales spent most of the rest of the game down to 14, but Scotland were unable to take advantage, and Wales ended the game with second try, this time from Ffion Davies.

Upcoming fixtures:

Day 2: 2nd April (35 minute matches)

  • KO 12:00 WALES v IRELAND
  • KO 14:00 ENGLAND v WALES
  • KO 15:30 FRANCE v ITALY

Day 3: 6th April (70 minute matches)

  • KO 14:15 WALES v ITALY


ENGLAND : Kaya Acton, Ashton Adcock, Jasmine Adonri, Daisy Aspinall, Iley Bailey, Grace Banks, Tamsin Baynes, Gabriella Brown, Molly Bunker, Bethan Candlin, Jessica Doyle, Natalee Evans, Zara Green, Evie Haskell, Becca Jackson, Aisha Jah, Hayley Jones, Emily Lunn, Haineala Lutui, Sarah Parry, Heidi Pashaei Tarighoun, Abigail Pritchard, Lucy Simpson, Solana Shaw de Leon, Isabel van der Straaten, Joanne Vosakiwaiwai, Ellie Wilson, Ruby Winstanley

FRANCE : Eva Mazzochi, Léa Guiton, Kiara Vili, Marine Kazmierczak-Douet, Zarasoa Macquart, Anais Peralez, Lena Lamour, Lise Geneste, Perrine Fagnen, Charlie Gauyat, Kalea Berroyer, Aelig Tregouet, Faustine Piscicelli, Margot Sibien, Emy Baudru, Many Barone,  Elina Folituu, Mankla Dosso, Anna Daniel, Cassandra Leteur, Eva Tougne, Iness Zeze, Maiana Gony, Cherrazade Saiki, Jade Gamon, Mariama Tandiang, Maud Barcelot

IRELAND : Abby Healy, Ailish Quinn, Alma Atagamen, Aoibheann McGrath, Aoife Corcoran, Ava O’Malley, Bronagh Boggan, Caitriona Finn, Cara McLean, Carla Cloney, Clara Dunne, Emily Foley, Emma Brogan, Emma Jane Wilson, Erin McConalogue, Grainne Moran, Jemima Adams Verling, Kate Noons, Leah Irwin, Mia Hennelly, Rebecca Brennan, Sadhbh Wells, Sarah Purcell, Siofra Hession, Sophie Cullen, Sophie McAllister

ITALY : Sara Maria Affinito Giulia, Mary Akosa, Alice Angelucci, Alice Antonazzo, Alia Antonietta Bitonci, Alessia Cagnotto, Beatrice Candela, Valentina Carciani, Elisa Cecati, Chiara Cheli, Chiara Colella, Martina Compare, Rita Da Lio, Carola Fogarin, Laura Lina Foscato, Vittoria Francolini, Angelica Gazzi, Elena Gorgetti, Kristin Camilla Kone, Ester Lepri, Asia Liccardo, Antonella Maione, Anita Pietrobon, Emma Rappo, Ania Rosini, Cecilia Stafoggia, Giulia Turatto, Vittoria Zeni

SCOTLAND : Aisla Merryweather, Daisy Morrison, Ella Rae, Ella Williams, Ellie Moffat, Emily Coubrough, Emily Love, Emily Norval, Faye Sutherland, Gemma Thomson, Georgie Baxter, Hannah Smyth, Hollie Howland, Holly Wilson, Imogen Spence, Isla Pomroy, Josie Foubister, Lisa Brown, Louise Taperell, Megan Riach, Mia Ryrie, Niamh MacGregor, Poppy Mellanby, Rianna Darroch, Scarlet Down, Sophie Price, Talei Tawake, Tamzin Rosie

WALES : Jorja Aiono, Angel Band, Lola Bogerd-Mitchell, Robyn Davies, Milly Geering, Evie Hill, Crystal James, Elan Jones, Tia Jones, Branwen Metcalfe, Alaw Pyrs, Tilly Vucaj, Begw Ffransis Roberts, Evie Gill, Stella Orrin, Shannelle Williams, Ffion Davies, Rhiannon Griffin,Katie Johnson, Saran Jones, Hannah Lane, Seren Lockwood, Isla McMullen, Hanna Tudor, Hanna Marshall Marnie-Rae George, Nia Fajeyisan, Lily Hawkins

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