England win Under 20 Women's Nations Cup

(IRB.COM) Saturday 18 July 2009
England win Under 20 Women's Nations Cup
Rose Fong added two more tries to her tally in the final - Photo: rugbymatters.net

The England Women's Under 20 side ran in 18 unanswered tries in the final against the USA, hammering home their superiority to win 110-0 and retain the Nations Cup crown at Brunel University.

Sam Bree ran in an impressive six tries, taking her to 11 tries for the tournament, while Nicola Hoole, Sarah McKenna and Rose Fong all grabbed braces. Fly half Claire Garner also enjoyed an impressive afternoon with the boot, striking 10 conversions.

"I am so proud of the girls and the way they have played throughout this tournament," said England head coach Giselle Mather.

"They have trained hard and they set themselves a target of not being complacent against the USA having already beaten them last week in the pool games. They certainly weren't complacent.

"The players moved the ball around extremely well today, they kept the ball alive and delivered everything that was asked of them. Sam Bree scored six tries, outstripping the defence, but it was the pace of the whole team throughout this tournament that kept us moving forward all the time.

"It's wonderful to have won the Nations Cup, and to do it for a second successive year is very special for every member of this Under 20s squad."

In the match for third and fourth Canada were victorious over Wales with a hard fought 12-10 win.

Under 20s Nations Cup results:

9 July
Wales 3 USA 7
Canada 0 England 47

12 July
Canada 11 Wales 16
England 42. USA 7

15 July
Canada 20 USA 38
England 29 Wales 3

18 July
3rd-4th: Wales 10 Canada 12
Final: England 110 USA 0