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Wasps part of successful Six Nations campaigns

London Wasps feature as England, England U20s and England Women all secure their respective Six Nations trophies


England are 2011 RBS 6 Nations champions, despite being comprehensively defeated 24-8 by Ireland in Dublin and having their Grand Slam hopes dashed in the process. England's defeat briefly opened the door for Wales but, needing to beat France in Paris by 27 points to take the title, Warren Gatland's side went down 28-9.

London Wasps’ Simon Shaw came off of the bench in the 27th minute.

Declan Kidney's Ireland saved their best of the competition until last at the Aviva Stadium, as the home team finally produced the sort of rugby they had threatened earlier in the tournament. Producing a display of real confidence, Ireland's high-tempo attitude going forward and ability to pressure England in defence seemed to un-nerve Martin Johnson's men.

England Women secured a record breaking sixth successive 6 Nations title and a Grand Slam, comprehensively defeating Ireland 31-0 at Ashbourne RFC.

Gary Street’s side, who came so close to winning the Rugby World Cup in September losing only 13-10 to New Zealand, bagged the title with another record breaking effort – conceding a mere eight points for an unprecedented total conceded.

Wasps women were represented by La Toya Mason and Joanna McGilchrist who both started and Claire Purdy who came off the bench.

England Women's Head Coach, who has now guided England to four 6 Nations titles, said: "Obviously I am absolutely delighted with this result, but most importantly the effort from the players."


England U20s secured their first 6 Nations Grand Slam win since 2008 with a comprehensive six try 46-15 victory against Ireland in Athlone.

The team featured London Wasps youngsters, Elliot Daly and Joe Launchbury, who both started, and Sam Jones who came off of the bench in the 62nd minute.






England

15 Foden, 14 Ashton, 13 Banahan, 12 Hape, 11 Cueto, 10 Flood, 9 Youngs; 1 Corbisiero, 2 Hartley, 3 Cole, 4 Deacon, 5 Palmer, 6 Wood, 7 Haskell, 8 Easter.

Replacements: Strettle for Cueto (66), Wilkinson for Flood (51), Care for Youngs (46), Thompson for Hartley (51), Doran-Jones for Cole (51), Croft for Deacon (55), Shaw for Palmer (27).


England U20s

15 Ben Ransom, 14 Andy Short, 13 Elliot Daly, 12 Ryan Mills, 11 Jonathan Joseph, 10 George Ford, 9 Chris Cook, 1 Mako Vunipola, 2 Mike Haywood, 3 Henry Thomas, 4 Joe Launchbury, 5 Charlie Matthews, 6 Matt Kvesic, 7 Matt Everard, 8 Alex Gray

Replacements: Rob Buchanan for Mike Haywood (52), Will Collier for Mako Vunipola (65), Addison Lockley for Joe Launchbury (75), Sam Jones for Matt Everard (62), Dan Robson for Chris Cook (60), Owen Farrell for Ryan Mills (45), Jamie Elliott for Jonathan Joseph (30)


England Women

England: 15 Emily Scarratt, 14 Katherine Merchant, 13 Rachael Burford, 12 Kimberley Oliver, 11 Francesca Matthews, 10 Katy McLean (c), 9 La Toya Mason, 1 Rochelle Clark, 2 Emma Croker, 3 Sophie Hemming, 4 Rebecca Essex, 5 Joanna McGilchrist, 6 Heather Fisher, 7 Margaret Alphonsi (vc), 8 Sarah Hunter.

Replacements: 16 Amy Garnett, 17 Claire Purdy, 18 Rowena Burnfield, 19 Catherine Spencer, 20 Georgina Rozario, 21 Georgina Roberts,22 Danielle Waterman.

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