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Women’s Six Nations players prepare for festive fixtures

Women’s Six Nations players prepare for festive fixtures

Women's Six Nations Championship Round 2, The Twickenham Stoop, London, England 10/2/2018 England Women vs Wales Women England's Sarah Hunter Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Andrew Fosker

There is pre-Christmas action in four of the Women’s Six Nations countries this weekend, with top-of-the-table clashes and local derbies set to light up the festive period.

There is pre-Christmas action in four of the Women’s Six Nations countries this weekend, with top-of-the-table clashes and local derbies set to light up the festive period.

There are matches in England, Ireland, France, and Italy this weekend, and here’s a look at what you should be keeping an eye on.
 
Lightning chasing Saracens
 
Loughborough Lightning will be hoping to keep the pressure on league leaders Saracens Women when they travel to fifth-placed Gloucester-Hartpury on Saturday.
 
Loughborough, who are captained by England veteran Sarah Hunter, will be looking to get their season back to winning ways after being leapfrogged into second by Harlequins Ladies after a heavy defeat last weekend.
 
Elsewhere, Saracens will look to extend their lead at the top of the table in a London derby with Richmond F.C.
 
Top of the table showdown in Italy
 
In Italy, there is a top-of-the-table shootout between Iniziative – Villorba Rugby and Rugby Colorno who both have accumulated a mighty 39 points so far this campaign.
 
Both sides have managed a monumental combined total of 986 points scored this season – conceding just 18 points between them.
 
The loser of this weekend’s match will have some peace of mind, however, as they will be guaranteed to stay in second, with third placed Valsugana Rugby Padova seven points behind.
 
Meanwhile in Conference B, runaway leaders Unione R. Capitolina have the chance to make it eight wins from eight when they face bottom of the table CUS Pisa.
 
Montpellier seeking to stretch advantage
 
In neighbouring France, Montpellier could move 15 points clear at the top of Pool 1 with a bonus point win on Sunday.
 
They face bottom side Stade Olympique Villelonguet, who are yet to win a game this season.
 
Blagnac Rugby Feminin, who are currently 10 points behind Montpellier in second, have to travel to third-placed ASM Romagnat Rugby Féminin, who will be full of confidence after a narrow away win in Lons last weekend.
 
In Pool 2, leaders Stade Toulousain Rugby head to Ovalie Caennaise on Sunday afternoon. The hosts are one place off bottom and a large victory could see the visitors move 12 points clear at the summit.
 
While their Scottish and Welsh counterparts take a well-earned Christmas break, the Irish league continues in earnest this weekend.
 
Top-of-the-table U.L. Bohemian host third-placed Old Belvedere at the University of Limerick, where it is feasible that the side who wins will finish the weekend in the top spot.
 
Second-placed Railway Union RFC, who slipped from first place after a narrow loss to Old Belvedere last week, travel to Cooke knowing that a big win might put them back in first place.
 
Elsewhere, bottom side St. Mary’s College will be trying to record their first win of the season when they take on the team directly above them, Galwegians, at Templeville Road on Saturday.
 
St. Mary’s College need to win every match remaining if they are to have any chance of avoiding finishing the season at the foot of the table.