Former Pulborough RFC and Chichester RFC junior Breach ready to defend England's Women's Six Nations crown

The fixtures for the 2021 Women’s Six Nations have been confirmed and former Pulborough RFC and Chichester RFC junior Jess Breach is likely to be involved for holders England.

Tuesday, 23rd March 2021, 3:28 pm
Jess Breach in action for England during last year's Women's Six Nation clash with Italy. Picture by Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images

This year’s Women’s Championship will see a new and condensed format of two pools of three teams with each team playing one home and one away fixture.

Once the pool round matches are complete, teams will face off against the opposing ranked team from the other pool in play-off matches.

Drawn in Pool A, the Red Roses begin this year’s campaign against Scotland at Castle Park, Doncaster (Saturday April 3, kick-off 3pm and live on BBC iPlayer) before taking on Italy at Stadio Plebiscito, Padova (Saturday April 10, kick-off 2pm and live on BBC iPlayer).

England are at home for the final play-off match, the first Women’s Six Nations fixture to be broadcast on the main BBC network (Saturday April 24, kick-off 2pm, BBC Two) with the venue to be confirmed.

The Friday after the tournament concludes, Simon Middleton’s side will travel to Lille to take on France in a Women’s Six Nations exhibition game in their maiden visit to Villeneuve d'Ascq (Friday April 30, kick-off 8pm, BBC iPlayer).

England head coach Middleton said: “The Six Nations is always a special competition and we’re all looking forward to getting underway.

“We’ve had wonderful support in our previous visits to Castle Park.

“It’s great that the games will once again be shown on the BBC and this time, we want to make sure everyone can enjoy watching from home.”