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England's women keep Grand Slam dream alive

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England's women are one match away from winning the Grand Slam after they saw off Wales 20-13 at the Stoop on Saturday.

They now travel to France next weekend looking for the clean sweep after they picked up the Triple Crown thanks to their seven-point win over Wales in Twickenham.

Like their male counterparts, England dominated the first-half and were 14-3 to the good at the break thanks to two tries from Ceri Large and a pair of conversions from Amber Reed.

In the second 40 Wales found some momentum and crossed through Alisha Butchers and she then grabbed her second when she intercepted a pass to gallop under the sticks. But any Welsh momentum was sapped by England prop Rochelle Clark's remarkable effort to charge down the resulting conversion and a late penalty from Reed cemented their seven-point advantage.

"That was a proper Test match - England vs. Wales is always going to be tough," said England coach Scott Bemand. They came on the back of a good result against France, full of confidence and we knew they would be hard to break down.

"At times we made it a little bit tricky for ourselves but the character of this group continues to show, they keep evolving, and we have given ourselves the opportunity to go to France and try to win the Grand Slam."

Elsewhere France's women won 24-0 at Scotland with two penalty tries and efforts from Safi N'Diaye and Julie Duval bringing up their total. On Sunday Ireland beat Italy 14-3 at Donnybrook with Lindsay Peat and Paula Fitzpatrick scoring.