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Tuima starts as Red Roses complete series whitewash over Canada at Twickenham

Lagi Tuima made her first international start as England Women completed a 3-0 Old Mutual Wealth Series whitewash over Canada with a 69-19 victory at Twickenham Stadium.

Five tries from Jess Breach and a hat-trick from Abbie Dow helped the Red Roses to victory at HQ, with Bristol’s Izzy Noel-Smith and Caity Mattinson featuring as second half substitutes.

England were ahead in the seventh minute from a driving maul when Marlie Packer dotted down and Dow did superbly to gather Katy Daley-Mclean's grubber kick for her first of the evening.

Breach crossed from a burst of pace around the outside, before Canada responded as Olivia De Merchant showed her power as she went over from close range.

Dow's second and third came with smart finishes out wide before Breach's second gave England a 38-7 half-time lead.

Lagi Tuima with her family following her international debut at Twickenham on Saturday (JMP UK).

Canada's Pamphinette Buisa got the first score of the second half but England responded through their powerful maul as a penalty try was awarded as they were driving over the line.

The North Americans got their own penalty try following a high tackle, but Breach secured her hat-trick before a silky run from deep inside her own half got her fourth, and another line break from the halfway line took her tally to five - her 11th try in just two caps.

Ellie Kildunne, the youngest member of the squad at 18, completed the scoring when she collected another Daley-Mclean kick through, as England ran in 11 tries on night.

"It was really pleasing as I was quite nervous coming into the game actually, as we knew Canada would come on strong,” said head coach, Simon Middleton.

"We want to be a more confrontational side, we want to be more aggressive in terms of our defence and those are the lessons you learn in defeat like we did in the World Cup.

"To win the series 3-0 that is exactly what we want to do but there were some real key things we wanted to get out of it and defence was one of them so I'm hugely pleased with it."

England celebrate winning the Old Mutual Wealth Series (JMP UK).

England: 15. Danielle Waterman, 14. Abigail Dow, 13. Lagi Tuima, 12. Rachel Burford, 11. Jess Breach, 10. Katy Daley-Maclean, 9. Leanne Riley; 1. Vickii Cornborough, 2. Amy Cokayne 3. Heather Kerr, 4. Abbie Scott, 5. Poppy Cleall, 6. Rowena Burnfield, 7. Marlie Packer, 8. Sarah Hunter (c).

Replacements: 16. Lark Davis, 17. Rochelle Clark, 18. Justine Lucas, 19. Catherine O’Donnell, 20. Izzy Noel-Smith, 21. Caity Mattinson, 22. Zoe Harrison, 23. Ellie Kildunne.

Canada: 15. Brianna Miller, 14. Paige Farries, 13. Dria Bennett, 12. Emily Belchos, 11. Emmanuela Jada, 10. Anais Holly, 9. Justine Pelletier;  1. Brittany Kassil, 2. Emily Tuttosi, 3. Olivia De Merchant, 4. Tyson Beukeboom, 5. Laura Russell (c), 6. Janna Slevinsky, 7. Sara Svoboda, 8. Pamphinette Buisa.

Replacements: 16. Emily Barber, 17. Alexandra Ellis, 18. Veronica Harrigan, 19. McKinley Hunt, 20. Emilie Nicholl, 21. Courtney Holtkamp, 22. Jess Neilson, 23. Sam Alli.

Old Mutual Wealth Series 2017

Friday 17 November - England Women 79-5 Canada @ Allianz Park 

Tuesday 21 November - England Women 49-12 Canada @ Twickenham Stoop

Saturday 25 November - England Women 69-19 Canada @ Twickenham Stadium

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