Women’s Six Nations: England captain Sarah Hunter will miss the Grand Slam decider

Sarah Hunter
Sara Hunter sustained a rib injury in England’s victory over Ireland
Venue: Stade Jean Dauger, Bayonne Date:Saturday, 30 April Kick-off:14:15 BST Coverage:Live text commentary and video on BBC Two are available on the BBC Sport website.

With a rib injury, Sarah Hunter, England’s captain, will be unable to play in Saturday’s Grand Slam final against France.

After suffering an injury during the 69-0 win over Ireland, the veteran number eight was forced to leave the squad.

Hunter, 36 years old, will travel to France with the squad and support preparations in an off field capacity.

Both teams have won the first four games of this tournament. The Grand Slam is on the line in Bayonne.

Following Sunday’s win over Ireland Hunter said England could not “lose their way” against France.

“We made a great start [against Ireland]Hunter agreed.

“We had lost our way slightly.” We must find a way to get that start and keep it going.

“Our enforced mistakes and penalties at the break down relieved that pressure. Then we had to build it back up. It’s impossible to afford that in the match against France.

Poppy Cleall, who suffered a soft tissue injury in the victory over Ireland, may not be able to play for England.

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