Former Hartpury students Jonny May, Natasha Hunt, Amy Cokayne, Sarah Bern and Zoe Aldcroft all got off to winning starts as England’s men and women got their respective Six Nations campaigns underway this weekend.
May was part of Eddie Jones’ starting XV as England overcame France 19-16 in their opening fixture at Twickenham while Natasha Hunt and co fought back from 13-0 down to also beat France in the women’s opener.
Hartpury’s former head of the women’s rugby academy, Danielle Waterman, scored her 22nd Six Nations try in 23 appearances as the Red Roses racked up 26 unanswered points in the second half to win 26-13.
Away from the Six Nations, Abbie Brown (pictured), Millie Wood and Kelly Smith helped England Women’s Sevens side to the final of the Challenge Trophy at the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Sydney. Captain Brown and Wood both scored in semi-final and despite Brown scoring again in the final it was not enough as Brazil scored an extra time try to secure victory.
Another former Hartpury student, Dan Norton, was also in action as the men got in on the action in Sydney, also making it to the final of their competition as the world’s top ranked side, South Africa, beat them. Norton grabbed a consolation try in the final as his side went down 29-14.