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Holders start in ominous form in 10-try win over Spain


By Robert Jones

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

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.

"We're happy to get a win under our belts," England captain Sarah Hunter said.

"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."

Wales were overrun 44-12 by New Zealand as he Black Ferns, who are expected to be the greatest challengers for England's global crown, amassed eight tries at a sun-kissed Billings Park.

Full-back Selica Winiata spearheaded the assault with a hat-trick of tries and wing Renee Wickliffe ran in two as New Zealand's back three ran riot.

Wales' best asset was their pack and level of commitment and in the second half they scored tries through Sioned Harries and Mel Clay.

Magali Harvey crossed the line five times as Canada began their campaign with a blistering 98-0 win over Hong Kong, while USA beat Italy 24-12.

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