After showcasing their skills 'on the road' in Doncaster and Exeter, England's Red Roses return to Twickenham looking to clinch a second Grand Slam in three years in style with a fifth consecutive bonus-point victory in the first match of the weekend against Scotland.
Simon Middleton's side have produced four sublime performances so far to sit top of the table with a perfect 20 points from 20, scoring an incredible 33 tries and conceding only seven on the way ahead of this top versus bottom encounter.
With that match on Saturday, two more games follow on Sunday, starting with Wales' match against Ireland at Cardiff Arms Park. Just one point separates the sides with Wales knowing that victory would lift them above their opponents into fourth place in the table.
To round off the Women’s Six Nations, Italy host France in Padua looking to leapfrog them into second and achieve their highest-ever finish since joining the Championship in 2007.
Your #RedRoses squad to face @Scotlandteam on Saturday at Twickenham— England Rugby (@EnglandRugby) March 14, 2019
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WOMEN'S SIX NATIONS
England (2) v Scotland (12)
Vicky Fleetwood (main picture) will make her first start of the year at openside flanker, while Saracens team-mates Hannah Botterman and Poppy Cleall also return at loose-head prop and second-row respectively. Amy Cokayne is named at hooker after missing out on selection against Italy through injury. In the only change to the backline, scrum-half Natasha Hunt will make her second start in this year’s Championship after returning to the 15s programme from sevens.
Scotland have made three changes, one of which is positional, to their starting line-up for their final Women's Six Nations match. Jenny Maxwell is named at scrum-half in place of Mhairi Grieve, while the other changes are in the pack. Nicola Howat comes into the second row alongside Emma Wassell with Sarah Bonar switching to the back row to play flanker due to Rachel Malcolm sustaining concussion in last weekend’s match against Wales at Scotstoun.
- Two points from Saturday's match would guarantee England the title
- Scotland need a bonus-point win to stand any chance of avoiding the wooden spoon
- England have won 25 matches to Scotland's two since the first test in April 1994
- Scotland's only wins came in 1998 and 1999, meaning England are on a 20-match winning run
- Scotland made an incredible 302 tackles in their round four defeat to Wales
- England ran 1,217 metres in beating Italy in round four
- Top try-scorer Jess Breach has made 563 metres in her four appearances
- England cannot improve their rating or position given the difference between the two in the rankings
- Scotland will move above South Africa and into 11th place in victory
#WalesWomen eager to finish @Womens6Nations on a high— Welsh Rugby Union (@WelshRugbyUnion) March 14, 2019
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Wales (8) v Ireland (9)
Alisha Butchers, who earns her first start since the opening round, steps in at blindside flanker in a Wales team showing just two changes from the last-gasp win over Scotland in Glasgow last week, with fly-half Elinor Snowsill the only other new face to the starting line-up.
Ireland coach Adam Griggs has made two changes to the starting team who lost to France last week. Teenager Beibhinn Parsons and Lindsay Peat will both make their first starts of the Championship, on the left wing and at loose-head respectively.
- Ireland can supplant Italy in third place if they pick up a bonus-point win and the Azzurre finish pointless against France
- The highest Wales can finish is fourth
- Ireland won last year's fixture in Dublin 35-12
- Wales lead the head-to-head record 14-11. Eight of those wins came in the first nine fixtures
- Wales haven't beaten Ireland at home since 2012
- Wales are the lowest try scorers in the 2019 Championship with four
- A big win for Wales would improve their score by almost nine-tenths of a point but that wouldn’t be enough to improve their position in the rankings
- Ireland will be the higher-ranked of the two teams if they win
Italy (7) v France (3)
Italy make one change to their starting line-up with Veronica Madia coming into the side to win her 17th cap at fly-half. Beatrice Rigoni moves out one position to inside-centre to accommodate Madia's arrival.
France have elected to make three changes to the side that beat Ireland 47-17 last weekend. Axelle Berthoumieu comes in at flanker in place of the suspended Romane Menager, with captain Gaelle Hermet shifting across to number eight. In the front row, Maylis Traore is preferred to Lise Arricastre at prop, while in the backs the one change sees Marie Saluzzo replace Yanna Rivoalen at scrum-half.
- Italy need to beat France with a bonus-point and deny Les Bleues any points from the match to achieve their best-ever finish of second
- Italy were kept scoreless for the second time in nine matches in round four, losing 55-0 to England
- France 'nilled' Italy 57-0 in this fixture in 2018
- France are on a four-match winning streak against Italy
- Italy's last win was 17-12 in the 2015 Six Nations
- With a maximum of four-hundredths of a point on offer, Les Bleues cannot climb any higher than their present position of third
- A big Italian win would see them leapfrog Australia into sixth – their highest-ever ranking
In addition to the final round of the Women's Six Nations, the Rugby Europe Trophy comes to a conclusion in Prague when Czechia play Finland. A draw or a win for the home side would see them crowned champions at Switzerland's expense.
Czechia are currently the lowest-ranked of the 53 teams in the rankings but victory would result in them moving above the Philippines, while Finland would be guaranteed at least a three-place rise to 44th should they win.
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