Ireland vs Italy LIVE: Women’s Six Nations team news, line-ups and more after France beat Scotland

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Follow live updates as Ireland and Italy search for their first victory of this year’s Women’s Six Nations in this afternoon’s third-round clash at Musgrave Park.

Ireland lost 40-5 to France last weekend after being beaten by Wales in a tight contest on the opening weekend, while Italy also suffered a heavy defeat to Les Blues before they were shut out by England in a 74-0 thrashing last time out.

Both teams will therefore be looking for a response, with England, France and Wales threatening to pull away following the first two rounds of fixtures.

Ireland, who face leaders England next week, have made four changes from the France match and won both matches they played against Italy in 2021.

Follow live updates from Ireland vs Italy below, following the conclusion of Scotland’s match against France.


Scotland remain winless after being blown away by first-half France display

Jamie Braidwood10 April 2022 15:54


Full-time: Scotland 8-28 France

That was one of the most competitive matches of the Women’s Six Nations, Scotland love a match against France don’t they!

The second half was amazing with Scotland demonstrating what they can do. But it should worry the likes of England just how ferorcious France’s defense is. They just kept working and didn’t seem to tire over the 80 minutes, no matter how hard Scotland fought.

That kept them in the match and their brilliance in the first half means they are once again tied on points with the Red Roses. England are ahead in the table on points difference but all is still to play for.

Thank you for joining me for this thriller and come back for Ireland vs Italy with the build-up starting in just an hour’s time.

Sarah Rendell10 April 2022 15:03


Full-time: Scotland 8-28 France

Scotland head coach Bryan Easson spoke of his frustration to the BBC: “We didn’t fire a shot in the first half. It was quite disappointing.

“We talked at half-tme about nilling them which was nice. But we can’t keep saying that.

“We had some attacking sets but we didn’t fire a shot. You have to take it and when you’re losing ball early in the phase count you won’t.

Chloé [Rollie] did well. I think that was a team score. If you get the phase count up they will get narrower.”

Sarah Rendell10 April 2022 14:59


Full-time: Scotland 8-28 France

Scotland captain Rachel Malcolm told the BBC: “To an extent we will dwell on it. It’s not good enough to keep losing.

“I said at half-time no matter what happens let’s win this second half. Credit to France, some brilliant moments from them especially from Sansus saw them win.”

Sarah Rendell10 April 2022 14:56


Full-time: Scotland 8-28 France

The match was definitely a tale of two halves with the French point conversion in the first 40 the difference.

Two Sansus scores and tries from Tremouliere and Hermet wracked up 28 points but Scotland managed to not let France score at all in the second 40.

It was a heroic effort and if it was seen throughout the match Scotland would have seen win this.

But it is France who continue their perfect start with a bonus-point victory, however, Scotland can be proud of that outing.

Sarah Rendell10 April 2022 14:52


Scotland 8-28 France, 78 mins

France get the ball after Scotland spill and they manage to get just inches away but the hosts concede a penalty.

They go quickly and it looks like a run in but Boulard is held up! This is so exciting, I can’t get enough.

The Player of the Match has been named as Tremouliere. She had great game management and scored a try.

Sarah Rendell10 April 2022 14:49


Scotland 8-28 France, 77 mins

France steal the line-out ball, a piece of Scotland’s game that needs work, but as they kick it away the hosts look to attack.

Thomson kicks away and it goes off, a French line-out now. Scotland Steal!

Where was this Scotland in the first half? So frustrating as this game could have been so different!

The hosts on the charge again here, can they finish this one on a high?

Sarah Rendell10 April 2022 14:47


Scotland 8-28 France, 74 mins

Lloyd looks to have hurt herself with a tackle on Jacquet but she remains on the pitch.

The French have the ball after it’s judged as a high one from Lloyd but they immediately knock-on. Touye and Castel comes off for Domain and Vernier, maybe the changes can give the French a lift in the closing stages.

Now Scotland are getting scrum penalties, a huge blow for France as their set-piece is their bread and butter.

Sarah Rendell10 April 2022 14:44


Scotland 8-28 France, 71 mins

This second half has been absolutely electric, if only Scotland could have stunted France’s attack in the first half – they could have won this match!

While France’s attack hasn’t had a chance to get a foothold in this one, their defense is scarily good. How they kept Scotland out for so long I will never know.

The hosts are coming again now, can they get anotehr try?

Sarah Rendell10 April 2022 14:41


TRY! Scotland 8-28 France (Rollie, 68)

Finally! That was so deserved for Rollie.

What a spell of rugby this second half has seen. Jeez, my adrenaline is pumping!

Sarah Rendell10 April 2022 14:39

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