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Wales Women suffer crushing defeat to England

Michaela Staniford scores a try for England during the RBS Women's 6 Nations match Credit: PA

Wales Women suffered a 63-0 defeat to England this afternoon at Cardiff Arms Park.

England's performance moves them to the top of the Women's Six Nations table, while Wales sit third with four points.


Rob Howley set to name Wales side to face Italy

Wales' interim coach Rob Howley Credit: PA

Wales' interim coach Rob Howley is set to name his starting line-up to face Italy.

Wales play their first match of the Six Nations in Rome on Sunday, with scrum-half Rhys Webb looking a probable starter after two recent appearances for the Ospreys following injury.

Wales have not lost a game against Italy for ten years, and they will be expected to keep that run going at the Stadio Olimpico.

London Welsh 'extremely disappointed' at dismissal from the Championship

London Welsh said they are "extremely disappointed" by The Rugby Football Union's decision to remove the club from English rugby's professional ranks.

In a statement, the club believe they have met the required criteria to remain in the Championship.

London Welsh is extremely disappointed by the decision yesterday of the RFU to expel the club from the Championship.

The club has worked very closely with Nigel Melville, Ian Ritchie and Angus Bujalski of the RFU for a number of months to meet the criteria for a permanent licence, and the new company [Rugby 1885 Limited] believes that it did satisfy all of the conditions required in RFU Regulation 5 and the Insolvency Protocol.

The club will begin dealing with the ramifications of yesterday’s announcement, before deciding whether to respond further.

– London Welsh statement

The RFU declared Welsh's position in the second-tier Championship "untenable" yesterday after the club failed to convince England's governing body of a sound future financial footing.

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