Wales host their first game of the 2022 Women’s Six Nations, with Scotland making the trip down to Cardiff. A new era for Welsh women’s rugby began in fine fashion in Dublin last week, with Ioan Cunningham’s side roaring back to beat Ireland in the first game since the introduction of a number of full and part-time contracts.
It was a tougher start for Scotland, though there were plenty of positives for Bryan Easson to take from defeat to England, with the final losing margin not perhaps reflective of a tough contest. With a settled side looking towards the World Cup in New Zealand later in the year, Easson and his team will be keen to secure a big away win in what should be an evenly-matched contest. A new record crowd for a standalone women’s fixture in Wales is expected at Cardiff Arms Park this evening, with kick-off at 4.45pm BST and all of the action live on BBC Two and the BBC iPlayer.
Follow all the Women’s Six Nations latest updates and live action from Wales vs Scotland below – PLUS the end of the match between France and Ireland:
France 33-0 Ireland, 52 minutes
France kick long as we are shown shot of Pauline Bourdon, watching on in the stands and nursing that injured hand.
Adventure stuff from Ireland. Brittany Hogan claims a superbly low pass and then audaciously drops one off over the top of a French tackler to a teammate. It all goes awry in midfield, but some of Ireland’s touches have been clever.
Harry Latham Coyle2 April 2022 15:40
France 33-0 Ireland, 51 minutes
Ireland begin to play with a promise down the right but are guilty of forcing a pass, which flies into touch.
Harry Latham Coyle2 April 2022 15:37
TRY! FRANCE 33-0 Ireland (Laure Sansus try, 49 minutes)
Laure Sansus does it herself this time! A scrum penalty is coming as the nine fishes the ball out from the feet of Romane Menager, throwing an extravagant dummy and then darting for the line. She collides with a teammate but there’s no material impact on the Irish defence, who had all bought Sansus’ feint.
Caroline Drouin adds the extra two and France get the second half scoring underway.
Harry Latham Coyle2 April 2022 15:35
France 26-0 Ireland, 47 minutes
The referee gets in the way! It’s initially even at scrum time before France begin to turn the screw, and Aimee Barrett-Theron appears to have her whistle to her lips de ella just as Laure Sansus whips her pass right into the South African referee. A raised hand of apology from Barrett-Theron, and another France scrum.
Harry Latham Coyle2 April 2022 15:34
France 26-0 Ireland, 46 minutes
Over-thrown and Ireland just about grab it! A leaping Caroline Drouin appeared set to snare it but the ball burst from the fly-half’s grip, and eventually ended up in Irish hands.
But a knock-on means a France scrum five meters out. Surely Ireland can’t cling on again?
Harry Latham Coyle2 April 2022 15:33
France 26-0 Ireland, 44 minutes
Not quite as intended but some nifty handling from France through a pod of forwards nearly frees Laure Sansus on the loop, but Ireland just about keeping a grip on the scrum-half. Madoussou Fall is then stood up in a tackle.
Sansus dabs a little kick through…well covered by Lucy Mulhall, who then appears to take a stray arm to the face. No high tackle ruled, and France are awarded a penalty soon afterwards. Unfortunate, perhaps, for Ireland. Caroline Drouin this time finds the corner.
Harry Latham Coyle2 April 2022 15:32
France 26-0 Ireland, 43 minutes
Just a penalty. Initial contact on the shoulder and then riding up. Caroline Drouin pokes it forwards to just outside the Ireland 22.
The lineout throw appears to drift off-line but the referee is content to play to continue, and France are immediately over the gain line. Laure Sansus quickly switches play back to the blindside and Cyrielle Banet, who powers through a challenge and gets back to her feet de ella to seek yet more meters after she is n’t held. France begin to build.
Harry Latham Coyle2 April 2022 15:30
France 26-0 Ireland, 42 minutes
France move the ball nicely but run out of room on the right as Cyrielle Banet is forced out – but has she been taken high? Parsons might have just rolled up over the shoulder. TMO Ian Tempest calls down to Aimee Barrett-Theron to check.
Harry Latham Coyle2 April 2022 15:27
France 26-0 Ireland, 41 minutes
An early mistake from Ireland, and a France scrum. Two half-time changes for the visitors – Christy Haney makes her debut in the place of Katie O’Dwyer in the front row, with Linda Djougang appearing to have switched sides, and Beibhinn Parsons is on for Eimear Considine in the back three.
Harry Latham Coyle2 April 2022 15:26
The second half is underground!
Nicole Cronin resumes proceedings.
Harry Latham Coyle2 April 2022 15:25