WOMEN’S RUGBY: England put down a marker with 10-try demolition of Spain in World Cup opener

England's Kay Wilson scores a try despite the efforts of Spain's Maria Casado and Amaia Erbina
England's Kay Wilson scores a try despite the efforts of Spain's Maria Casado and Amaia Erbina

ENGLAND 56 SPAIN 5

England laid out a big statement of intent with a 10-try, 56-5 demolition of Spain to launch their Women’s Rugby World Cup title defence.

England's Kay Wilson celebrates scoring a try with her team mates

England's Kay Wilson celebrates scoring a try with her team mates

Wing Kay Wilson ran in four tries as the reigning world champions opened their bid to retain the crown in ominous fashion in Dublin.

England got the ball rolling in the first minute, with Megan Jones crossing - and Wilson had completed her hat-trick in 31 minutes.

Emily Scarratt, Harriet Millar-Mills, Alex Matthews, Amy Cockayne and Lydia Thompson all dotted down to complete a comprehensive victory over the world’s eighth-ranked Test side.

Diana Gasso claimed Spain’s sole score as England flexed their muscles in style.

England's Alex Matthews scores a try despite the efforts of Maria Bravo of Spain

England's Alex Matthews scores a try despite the efforts of Maria Bravo of Spain

England captain Sarah Hunter admitted the 2014 tournament winners were delighted to kick-start their campaign.

“We’re happy to get a win under our belts,” Hunter told ITV.

“It’s job one done. There’s plenty for us to improve for our next game.

“Spain came at us and gave us some problems at times. It’s pleasing to get that run out and get that training on the pitch.”