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Eng Rugby March 2007 In Review


By Patrick
April 15 2007

Unofficial England Rugby presents our monthly review of March 2007. With the Six Nations coming to a close, as well as action from the womens tournament and the sevens circuit.



England Rugby March 2007 In Review

After England's crushing defeat at the hands of the Irish at Croke Park, England bounced back in stunning fashion by defeating eventual tournament winners France at Twickenham fairly comfortably, whilst simultaneously blooding plenty of fresh faces. The likes of Flood, Geraghty, Rees, Strettle, Easter and Payne all took their chance well with encouraging performances from Corry, White, Catt, Worsley and Ellis. Although France were far from their best, the win nevertheless gave the England players, management and supporters a slim hope for the Six Nations title. All they had to do was beat desperate wooden spoon contenders Wales, away... and we all know what England's away record has been these past few years.

Our regular columnist Ed Budge gave us his verdict on the Twickenham encounter: England v France Match Review

 

The first few minutes of the final game of the 2006 Six Nations, Wales v England at the Millenium Stadium, gave a clue as to what was in store for Brian Ashton's men. An early Welsh try from a charged down Toby Flood kick wasn't exactly the best way to go about chasing an unlikely Six Nations title. A few minutes into the game it was obvious the vast majority of England supporters would settle for a win, even by 1 point. Unfortunately a fired up Welsh team who'd lost their previous four games with seventy thousand singing countrymen in a closed-roof Millenium Stadium were never going to be easy opponents. And so it proved.

Kath reviewed England final game of their campaign, ensuring the team made it into third place, behind pre-tournament favourites Ireland and France. Wales v England Match Review

 

 

The England Women luckily had more luck in their Six Nations competition, beating France 38-12 and Wales 0-30 and therefore securing their second successive Six Nations Grand Slam. "This is a fantastic feeling," said England head coach Geoff Richards. "I am delighted for the players and the management team that we have defended our title and defended it with some pride and passion." The final table of the Woman's Six Nations championship looked like this, with England remarkably only conceding 12 points in their game against France.

Sue Day

SUE DAY - CAPTAIN

COUNTRY P W D L FOR AGAINST

POINTS

England 5 5 0

183

12

10

France 5 4 1 95 75 8
Wales 5 3 1 44 50 6
Ireland 5 2 3 50 73 4
Scotland 5 1 3 42 112 2
Italy 5 0 4 35 127 0

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR ENGLAND LADIES

RBS SIX NATIONS

CHAMPIONS

2007

 

 

Which brings us finally to the Hong Kong leg of the Sevens circuit.

Simon Amor Captain said: , "It's been great from a Sevens perspective but it does make it hugely challenging to bring the guys on when the Sevens players are developing and excelling so quickly through the set-up. I guess we're a victim of our own success to a certain extent but it does give opportunities to new guys to come and take on board all that Sevens has to offer."

England Sevens squad of 13 for Hong Kong and Adelaide Sevens
Jack Adams (Gloucester)* Charlie Amesbury (NEC Harlequins) Simon Amor (London Wasps), Captain,  James Brooks (London Wasps) Danny Care (NEC Harlequins) Isoa Damudamu (Newbury RFC)* David Doherty (London Wasps), Nils Mordt (London Irish) Tony Roques (Exeter Chiefs) Dave Seymour (Saracens) Ben Russell (Saracens) Tom Williams (NEC Harlequins) Andy Vilk (Sale Sharks) * uncapped

England managed a comprehensive win over Hong Kong on day one, beating them 38-7 followed by a 38-14 win against Korea and a 19-14 close fought win against Argentina.

 

 

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