England’s Grand Slam hopes suffer setback as captain Sarah Hunter ruled out through injury

England can be with out Sarah Hunter, their captain and No 8, for Saturday’s Grand Slam decider towards France within the last match of the TikTok Women’s Six Nations.

Hunter has withdrawn from the squad after struggling a rib injury in final Sunday’s win over Ireland at Mattioli Woods Welford Road, having been changed by Poppy Cleall after 47 minutes.

Cleall could be the plain alternative for Hunter towards France, having began at No 8 in Hunter’s place towards Italy earlier within the match, however can also be managing a calf situation. Cleall nonetheless continues to be set to journey with the squad to France and might be chosen.

Hunter, 36, will be a part of the England squad in an off-field function as they put together for the title decider towards France, who’re additionally unbeaten after 4 rounds of matches, on the Stade Jean Dauger in Bayonne.

Hunter’s absence can be a blow given her expertise towards the strongest opposition England could have confronted to this point within the competitors, with France scrum-half Laure Sansus at the moment the highest attempt scorer within the competitors to this point with six tries.

Speaking after the 69-0 win over Ireland, Hunter warned that England might want to keep stress on the opposition’s defence by reducing out unnecessary penalties and errors. England scored 9 tries towards Ireland in entrance of a report crowd of 15,836 in Leicester, as centre Emily Scarratt received her a centesimal Test cap in England’s twenty second Test victory in a row.

“We got off to a good start [against Ireland]. We just then lost our way a bit. We need to find a way of getting that start and maintaining it,” Hunter stated on the time.

“Our enforced errors and penalties at the breakdown relieved that pressure then we had to build it again. We can’t afford to do that in the game against France.”

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