England Women end autumn tests undefeated with Ireland success at Twickenham
PUBLISHED: 14:57 26 November 2018
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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.
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.
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.”