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Breach and England's Red Roses are blooming brilliant to win the Six Nations

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The Red Roses secured the 2019 Women’s Six Nations Grand Slam with a 80-0 bonus-point win over Scotland at Twickenham Stadium – and West Sussex star Jess Breach can look back on the campaign with immense pride after ending it as top try scorer.

Having already won their first four games with bonus points, England ran in 12 tries in front of a record crowd for a women’s game at Twickenham of 13,278 to secure the title that France won last year.

The Red Roses celebrate the Grand Slam / Picture by Getty Images via RFU Collection

The Red Roses celebrate the Grand Slam / Picture by Getty Images via RFU Collection

It took just over two minutes for England to score as Poppy Cleall broke the line and fed Sarah Beckett for the flanker to cross under the sticks.

A cross field kick from Katy Daley-Mclean was gathered as the ball bounced by wing Breach as she continued her run of scoring in every game of the 2019 Women’s Six Nations – a remarkable feat for the former Chichester RFC and Pulborough RFC youngster whose family are in Felpham.

Natasha Hunt darted through from a quick tap penalty before Breach got onto Scarratt’s kick forward for her second and England’s bonus-point.

Alphonsi tips Breach for the top

Breach is a wow against Wales

The first half scoring continued as Cleall drove over following some impressive forward work, and it was the pack’s work from driving maul from a lineout where Amy Cokayne dropped over the line off the back for a 45-0 lead at the break.

Sarah Bern’s powerful drive off the back of a ruck got England’s first try of the second half with captain Sarah Hunter scoring in similar circumstances a few minutes later. And further tries from Scarratt, Cleall and Cath O’Donnell sealed the deal for the Red Roses.

England’s campaign got off to an impressive start when they ran in eight tries in a 51-7 victory over Ireland in Dublin.

Bonus-point wins continued as England racked up the tries, beating France 41-26 in Doncaster, overcoming Wales 51-12 in Cardiff and a 55-0 victory over Italy in Exeter in front of a record non-World Cup crowd for a home game with 10,545 watching.

The victory over Scotland means that England scored over 50 points in four of their five games, scoring 45 tries over the tournament.

It is England’s 15th win of the tournament since its inception in 1996, the 14th time they have won the Grand Slam and their 20th Triple Crown.

After a spending a year in the England Sevens programme, Harlequins Ladies wing Breach returned to XVs rugby this year and slotted straight back in as she scored with her first touch back with the Red Roses against Ireland.

Her impressive try scoring stats continued as she scored twice in each of the games against France, Wales and Italy – and ended the competition with the highest metres made and the most line breaks. Breach’s brace against Scotland means she scored in every game of the competition, ended as Six Nations’ top try scorer and now has 20 tries in her seven caps.

England Women in the 2019 Six Nations

Ireland 7-51 England

England 41-26 France

Wales 12-51 England

England 55-0 Italy

England 80-0 Scotland

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Club is ‘immensely proud’ as Pulborough girls set up another national final date

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For the third time in four years the Pulborough under-18 girls have made it to the national final of the RFU U18 National Cup proving that they are leading the way in Sussex.

The girls have tasted success before having been previous winners of the National Cup twice before; in 2015/16 and last year in 2017/18.

On Sunday, May 5, the talented team will face Mansfield in the final at Premiership side Worcester’s ground at Six Ways.

The team have achieved it this year by becoming County Champions, then by beating Sutton & Epsom (30-12) in the south east area final and then overcoming both Reading (21-12) and Winscombe (12-0) in the south of England semi-final played at Cheshunt.

The team is coached by John Breach, father of England’s Red Roses Jess Breach – a former Pulborough player herself, Kelly Russell and Keith Beckley and managed by Steve Summers.

The under-18’s squad consists of some 32 girls strong and is headed by two girls with England Sevens experience, Lauren Fisher and Flo Robinson.

However, every one of the girls has contributed to the team’s success this season from the youngest and newest girls who came up from the under-15s this year to the older more established players in their third year in the squad.

Pulborough club president Alex Steele and chairman Alan Nye both commented: “The whole Pulborough club are immensely proud of the girls.

“Once again this year and have been completely awestruck by the skills, running ability, physicality and intensity of the rugby the team has produced this season.”

The whole Pulborough community are all hoping for a third win for this talented group of young ladies.

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Horsham’s promotion winning play-off against Farnham in pictures

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Rugby: London 2 South East play-off match: Horsham v Farnham. Pic Steve Robards SR1909788 SUS-190413-212355001

Horsham sealed the most important win in over 25 years on Saturday in their promotion play-off decider which saw them clinch a historic step up into London 1 South.

The Green and Whites eased to a comfortable 44-17 win over Farnham played in front of an all-time record crowd of in excess of 600 at the Coolhurst Ground. See all the dramatic pictures here.

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They are up! Horsham secure historic promotion to London 1 South

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They have done it, Horsham have secured promotion to London 1 South – the highest level they have ever reached.

In a winner takes all play-off clash with Farnham at Hammerpond Road, the Green and Whites cruised to a 44-17 victory and with it sealed promotion.

A 76-12 win over Maidstone on the final day of the league season last Saturday clinched Horsham second place in London 2 South East and with it a place in the play-offs against London 2 South West runners-up Farnham.

And this afternoon, the Green and White continued a fabulous run of form in a thrilling encounter to clinch a historic promotion.

Full report, reaction and pictures in Thursday’s West Sussex County Times.

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