England Women end autumn tests undefeated with Ireland success at Twickenham

PUBLISHED: 14:57 26 November 2018

England's Zoe Harrison during the Quilter Autumn International at Twickenham Stadium, London. Picture: PAUL HARDING/PA

England's Zoe Harrison during the Quilter Autumn International at Twickenham Stadium, London. Picture: PAUL HARDING/PA

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England's Red Roses completed their autumn international series unbeaten as they clinched a 37-15 win over Ireland at Twickenham.

England's Hannah Botterman (standing, centre) cheers as Heather Kerr scores their first try during the Quilter Autumn International at Twickenham Stadium, London. Picture: PAUL HARDING/PAEngland's Hannah Botterman (standing, centre) cheers as Heather Kerr scores their first try during the Quilter Autumn International at Twickenham Stadium, London. Picture: PAUL HARDING/PA

It followed previous successes against the USA and Canada.

Lydia Thompson led the way with three tries as England, who included former Welwyn players Hannah Botterman and Ellena Perry in the squad, bagged seven in total.

Head coach Simon Middleton said: “I’m chuffed to bits with the way the squad has come together, obviously on the field first and foremost, but off the field as well.”

Their next match will be in the Six Nations when they will be a fully-professional squad.

England's Lydia Thompson scores a try during the Quilter Autumn International at Twickenham Stadium, London. Picture: PAUL HARDING/PAEngland's Lydia Thompson scores a try during the Quilter Autumn International at Twickenham Stadium, London. Picture: PAUL HARDING/PA

Middleton said: “I’m really pleased for the girls because they are professional in everything but name and have been for a long time, so it’s great to see them get what they deserve.

“I don’t think we could have been any better supported by the RFU in terms of the women’s game. I don’t think any women’s sport in the world gets the support we have.”

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