England captain Sarah Hunter is ruled out of huge Grand Slam decider against France after suffering rib injury in victory over Ireland
- England have huge game against France to decide the Six Nations on Saturday
- They romped to victory against Ireland at the weekend to remain unbeaten
- Captain Sarah Hunter has been ruled out of the Grand Slam game in Bayonne
- They are also waiting on a fitness update for fellow back-row Poppy Cleall
England captain Sarah Hunter has been ruled out of Saturday’s Six Nations title decider against France.
The No 8 has withdrawn from the squad after suffering a rib injury during Sunday’s 69-0 victory over Ireland.
It is a significant blow for the Red Roses, who are preparing for a Grand Slam showdown in Bayonne, with France being the only other unbeaten team left in the competition.
Sarah Hunter has been ruled out of England’s huge Grand Slam decider against France
As one of the team’s most experienced campaigners, 36-year-old Hunter will still travel with the squad to help the team in an off-field capacity.
England have averaged more than 64 points per game in the opening rounds, building a dominant run of form going into this year’s World Cup.
They are also waiting on a fitness update on fellow back-row Poppy Cleall.
The Red Roses have been perfect up to this point but France will pose a greater threat
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