A ruinous record? England, Ireland and a fight for Six Nations credibility

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Many are predicting a record margin of victory for Simon Middleton’s Red Roses against hosts at Musgrave Park in Cork

“We need to make these games more competitive,” said the England head coach, Simon Middleton, in the build-up to Ireland v England, a match many believe may bring a record Women’s Six Nations scoreline on Saturday. For all the positive records produced by this tournament, including a potential new highest attendance for a women’s match when England face France at Twickenham on 29 April, this could be the one to overshadow the 2023 campaign.

England would beat their own record, currently the 89-0 win over Scotland in 2011, if they execute a huge victory against Ireland. The Red Roses’ biggest victory over Ireland was 79-0 in 2002 and results in this campaign have brought speculation about the potential scoreline.

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Written by Sarah Rendell
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