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England women overpower Italians

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England's women made a superb start to their bid for an unprecedented fourth straight Six Nations Grand Slam with a resounding 69-13 win over Italy.

They ran in 11 tries on their way to victory, Fiona Pocock grabbing a hat-trick and Emily Scarratt scoring two, with Katy McLean kicking 14 points.

Veronica Schiavon scored all Italy's points, her try coming when England already had 55 points on the board.

"This was a good start by my young team," said England coach Gary Street.

"We played some very good rugby at times, and although we have got things to work on, I am more than happy with this victory."

The next leg of their bid for another Grand Slam is away to Wales next Saturday.

Women's Six Nations results/fixtures:
6 Feb Ireland 7-5 France
7 Feb England 69-13 Italy
8 Feb Scotland 10-31 Wales

14 Feb Wales v England Taffs, Cardiff
14 Feb Italy v Ireland Stadio M Natali, Colleferro
15 Feb France v Scotland Arras, Paris

27 Feb Ireland v England St Mary's RFC, Dublin
28 Feb Scotland v Italy Meggetland, Edinburgh
28 Feb France v Wales Montauban (TBC)

13 Mar Scotland v Ireland Meggetland, Edinburgh
15 Mar England v France London Welsh RFC
15 Mar Italy v Wales Riviera del Brenta Club, Mira

21 Mar Wales v Ireland Taffs Wells, Cardiff
21 Mar England v Scotland London Welsh RFC
22 Mar Italy v France Piemonte Regional Committee, Torino

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see also
Spencer leads Grand Slam success
16 Mar 08 |  Rugby Union
England women overcome Scotland
08 Mar 08 |  Rugby Union
England women crush sorry French
23 Feb 08 |  Rugby Union
England women thrash sorry Italy
11 Feb 08 |  Rugby Union
England women thrash feeble Wales
02 Feb 08 |  Rugby Union

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