French disappointment for England players with Welwyn ties

PUBLISHED: 16:34 04 February 2014 | UPDATED: 16:34 04 February 2014

Sydney Gregson. Photo:

Sydney Gregson. Photo:


Three England players with Welwyn Rugby Club connections were in action against France on Saturday.

Unfortunately all tasted defeat as England senior women’s side were beaten 18-6 and the U20s defeated 27-0.

Former Welwyn player, and now Saracens flanker, Hannah Gallagher was a 60th minute substitute for the senior side.

The former University of Hertfordshire student and her team-mates had to settle for second best in the opening weekend of Six Nations action with France taking a two-try, 18-6 victory at the Stade des Alpes in Grenoble on Saturday.

In a thrilling encounter, watched by a record French crowd of 9,650 people, England couldn’t match a buoyant French side in every area and they consequently paid a high price.

England Women U20s, including Welwyn’s Sydney Gregson and ex-Welwyn player Scarlett Cooper-Wall, failed to open their season on a winning note.

Full-back Gregson and prop Cooper-Wall, who now studies at Loughborough University, suffered a tough 27-0 defeat to France at the Stadium Pierre Brisson in Beauvais, France.

Amanda Bennett’s young side, which featured four players in the starting line-up making their international debuts, couldn’t cope with the on-form French who punished England for all their mistakes.

The defeat now leaves England without a win against France since 2011.

The U20s will have another crack at the French later this month as they face them again on February 22 at Esher RFC, kick-off 2pm.

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