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Last Updated: Monday, 17 October 2005, 05:48 GMT 06:48 UK
England Women crush Samoa in NZ
England Women ran in eight tries as they kicked off their southern hemisphere tour with a 53-0 victory over Samoa in Auckland on Saturday.

Three early tries from Kim Shaylor, Sue Day and Charlotte Barras gave the tourists a comfortable early platform.

Shaylor completed her hat-trick with two more before half-time, despite some bone-crunching tackles from the highly physical Islanders.

Selena Rudge and Danielle Waterman, and Barras, added further tries late on.

Coach Geoff Richards said: "This win is a very good start to the tour - we played very well against a highly physical and strong outfit.

"Our tight five scrummaged well and there was some good flowing rugby coming from the backs. It was an impressive team performance all round."

England next face face an Invitational New Zealand XV on Wednesday before back-to-back Tests against reigning world champions the Black Ferns.


England team: Sue Day (Wasps); Charlotte Barras (Lichfield), Michaela Staniford (Henley), Kim Oliver (Clifton), Kim Shaylor (Worcester); Karen Andrew (Saracens), Jo Yapp (Worcester); Rochelle Clark (Henley), Amy Garnett (Saracens), Vanessa Gray (Wasps), Jenny Sutton (Richmond), Rachel Vickers (Richmond), Shannon Baker (Richmond), Helen Clayton (Saracens), Karen Jones (Wasps).
Replacements: Selena Rudge (Wasps), Vanessa Huxford (Wasps), Maggie Alphonsi (Saracens), Catherine Spencer (Folkestone), Danielle Waterman (Henley), Amy Turner (Wasps), Vicky Massarella (Saracens).


Tour schedule:

Saturday 15 Oct: England 53-0 Samoa, The Ericsson Stadium, Auckland 0600 BST

Wednesday 19 Oct: England v New Zealand A, North Harbour Stadium, 0400 BST

Saturday 22 Oct: England v New Zealand, Eden Park, Auckland, 0230 BST

Wednesday 26 Oct: England v New Zealand, Waikato Stadium, Hamilton, 0530 BST




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