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England women’s coach Simon Middleton challenges his team to break the record of their male counterparts

England’s women’s coach Simon Middleton challenges his team to break the record of 18 straight victories in the test of their male counterparts, as the Red Roses rose to 17 after a dominant display against Canada.

  • England beat Canada 51-12 and scored seven tries at the Twickenham Stoop
  • The Red Roses face the United States on Sunday in Worcester with history in their sights
  • Heather Cowell and Claudia MacDonald scored doubles in Sunday’s big win


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England women scored 31 unanswered second half points against Canada to extend their winning streak to 17, and were then challenged to make history.

The Red Roses can match their male counterparts’ record of 18 straight victories in the test by beating the USA on Sunday in Worcester.

And coach Simon Middleton said: ‘We want to set the record and move on. We want it to be as difficult to beat as possible. We are talking about great teams. This team isn’t great yet, but it has a chance to make history.

‘These girls are so determined and they work so hard. It would take a good team to beat us now. ‘

Simon Middleton challenged his team to break England's men's record of 18 consecutive test wins

Simon Middleton challenged his team to break England’s men’s record of 18 consecutive test wins

Heather Cowell was one of many red roses that impressed when the hosts overwhelmed Canada.

Heather Cowell was one of many red roses that impressed when the hosts overwhelmed Canada.

Heather Cowell was one of many red roses that impressed when the hosts overwhelmed Canada.

England made their first blood through Heather Cowell, who crossed the line four minutes after her debut.

The visitors scored tries through Paige Farries and Sabrina Poulin on either side of Sarah Bern’s magnificent effort for England, but Cowell took her second just before the break to make it 20-12.

It was one-way traffic after the break as tries from Bern, Alex Matthews and a double from Claudia MacDonald capped an impressive victory.

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