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Live Reporting

James Law

All times stated are UK

  1. Here's to 2020!

    FT: England 60-3 Italy

    So England end the year with a crushing victory over an Italian side which had showed big signs of improvement of late.

    Simon Middleton's side are next in action for the start of the 2020 Six Nations in February - and you wouldn't bet against them winning another Grand Slam.

    Thanks for joining me, and goodbye.

  2. Post update

    FT: England 60-3 Italy

    Post-match interviews are taking place now, with England prop Hannah Botterman awarded player of the match.

    Her desire, strength and commitment typified what the Red Roses were about this afternoon.

  3. Post update

    FT: England 60-3 Italy

    Both sets of players are in huddles on the pitch.

    Soul-searching for Italy but celebrations for England, who were utterly ruthless.

  4. Full-time

    England 60-3 Italy

    There was me thinking the try count may slow down in the rain and wind!

    England run in 10 tries to thrash the Italians in style and finish the year with 12 wins from 13 games, and extend their run of victories on home soil - now up to 17.

    I don't think any side in the northern hemisphere can live with the Red Roses right now.

  5. Try England (Bern)

    England 60-3 Italy

    NOT ANOTHER ONE?! A 10th try for England.

    Sarah Bern is the latest player to get herself on the scoresheet - Zoe Harrison's conversion attempt drops short.

    Not long left now, thankfully for the Italians.

  6. Try England (Marston)

    England 55-3 Italy

    If this was a boxing match, Italy coach Andrea Di Giandomenico would've thrown in the towel long ago.

    Another perfectly-executed England scrum and this time Rownita Marston gets the plaudits.

    Zoe Harrison misses from the tee but aside from her I don't think anyone else really minds!

  7. Penalty try England

    England 50-3 Italy

    *50 point klaxon*

    England's scrum is as dominant as can be and the Italians have no choice but to resort to underhand tactics.

    Referee Hollie Davidson has no sympathy and awards a penalty try, meaning no conversion necessary.

  8. Post update

    England 43-3 Italy

    We have a slight stoppage, which both me and Italy are grateful for!

    The visitors have brought on Beatrice Capomaggi for her international debut, what a moment for her.

    But it's very much damage limitation as England are crushing their opponents.

  9. Try England (Cokayne)

    England 43-3 Italy

    When England get that driving maul going there's simply nothing the Italians can do to stop them!

    Replacement Amy Cokayne gets the finishing touch for a seventh Red Roses try.

    Zoe Harrison has taken over kicking duties for the hosts and slots her first one with ease.

  10. Try England (Kerr)

    England 36-3 Italy

    Heather Kerr has her second try of the game as England take full advantage of having the extra player.

    It's another lineout drive that does the damage.

    Emily Scarrett makes arguably her most tricky conversion of the afternoon to give the hosts a seven-pointer.

  11. Sin-bin Italy (Cammarano)

    England 29-3 Italy

    Italy are down to 14 players with replacement Lucia Cammarano yellow-carded.

    It seems to be a consequence of a number of penalties given away by the visitors.

  12. Post update

    England 29-3 Italy

    Simon Middleton is ringing the changes now, with England out of sight on the scoreboard.

    Jess Breach and Sarah Beckett are the latest players to come on.

    How much do England really want to put a big score down here?

  13. Try England (Scarratt)

    England 29-3 Italy

    Patient England get their first breakthrough of the second half and it's Emily Scarratt who takes a fine pass to sprint through and score!

    The conversion is meat and drink for the fly-half and the result is now all but beyond doubt.

    Natasha Hunt and Zoe Harrison deserve credit for their slick play in the build-up to that try.

  14. Post update

    England 22-3 Italy

    Rain = greasy ball.

    And England are finding it tougher to string together passes like they did at times in the first half.

    It might be a leveller. Thankfully the Red Roses are comfortably ahead and it'll need something special from the Italians to turn the tide.

  15. Second half

    England 22-3 Italy

    Both sets of players are back on the field, which looks somewhat boggier than it did 20 minutes ago.

    A sellout attendance of 5,000 has just been announced - and the second half is up and running.

  16. Post update

    HT: England 22-3 Italy


    Rain is now coming in down in Bedford but England have a healthy lead going into the second half.

    I'll be back to take you through the next 40 minutes when the players re-emerge from the dressing rooms.

  17. Half-time

    England 22-3 Italy

    And that's the interval.

    The scoreboard tells the story here at Goldington Road - England have been the dominant force, with their driving maul their most dangerous weapon.

    Vicky Fleetwood, Poppy Cleall, Heather Kerr and Abby Dow have the tries and this has been a more accomplished display than in last weekend's narrow win over France.

  18. Try England (Dow)

    England 22-3 Italy

    That's the try of the match so far - a fourth for England who are now well clear.

    The Red Roses work the ball wide on the right and Abby Dow does the rest, surging down the touchline to dive over in the corner.

    Emily Scarratt is again off-target - she's frustrated but that was another awkward one.

  19. Post update

    England 17-3 Italy

    Italy have possession just inside their own half but England are incessant, forcing the error and getting the scrum.

    But the visitors respond by winning a penalty of their own to get some respite - they're still fighting.

  20. Post update

    England 17-3 Italy

    A rendition of 'Sweet Chariot' breaks out in the grandstand at Goldington Road - this capacity crowd are enjoying what they're seeing despite the gloomy and cold conditions.

    Italy have steadied themselves somewhat in these past five minutes, but aren't showing much threat themselves.