WOMEN’S RUGBY: Frnech turn on style against Japan at World Cup

France's Safi N'Diaye is tackled by Saki Mimura of Japan
France's Safi N'Diaye is tackled by Saki Mimura of Japan

FRANCE 72 JAPAN 14

Caroline Ladagnous ran in a hat-trick of tries as France launched their Women’s Rugby World Cup campaign with a comfortable 72-14 Pool C victory over 13-woman Japan in Dublin.

Japan's Mateitoga Bogidraumainadave scores a try

Japan's Mateitoga Bogidraumainadave scores a try

It took France just 14 seconds to open the scoring with the quickest try in the history of the World Cup as Romane Menager took advantage of Japan fumbling the kick-off to leap over the line.

It was all one-way traffic from there as Elodie Guiglion, Menager and Annaelle Deshayes went over for a pair of tries each and there were also scores for Marjorie Mayans, Caroline Boujard and Montserrat Amedee.

Japan - who had Makiko Tomita sent off 13 minutes from time - went over for tries from Mateitoga Bogidraumainadave and Yumeno Noda.