England sealed their fifth successive women’s Six Nations Grand Slam title in front of a record women’s crowd of 58,498 in Twickenham on Saturday, 29 April 2023.
The Red Roses held on for a 38-33 victory against France on a landmark day for the sport, to give Head Coach Simon Middleton a fitting farewell.
The fixture smashed the world record for attendance at a women’s rugby game, which was previously 42,579 at last year’s World Cup final at Eden Park when New Zealand beat England.
The hosts survived a scare following a 33-0 half-time lead with the visitors scoring five tries to their one after the break.
Middleton, who is departing from his role after taking over in 2015, said it was an “honour and privilege” to coach the team.
“The girls should be massively proud of what they are doing. I am so proud.
“This game has given me more than I’ve ever dreamed of. It’s been an exceptional day that I will never forget.
“You live for moments like lifting the trophy; they deserve all the success they get.”
Photo 1 Caption: England sealed their fifth successive women’s Six Nations Grand Slam title in front of a record women’s crowd of 58,498 at Twickenham. Photo: Women in Sport UK (Twitter)