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International season starts with defeat for former Eton Manor star

Lucie Wood played for England under-20 against France. Lissy Tomlinson/rugbymatters.net Lucie Wood played for England under-20 against France. Lissy Tomlinson/rugbymatters.net

Wednesday, February 5, 2014
1:00 PM

It was a less than ideal start to the international rugby year for former Eton Manor star Lucie Wood.

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Wood played for 67 minutes as England women’s under-20s lost 27-0 to France on Saturday.

And Wood, who started at open-side flanker, thinks there are positives to take out of the game, but knows what the team needs to 
improve on.

She said: “There were some good parts of our game but we know what we need to work on.

“Technically it was an even game and we were good upfront. Our pack was very strong.

“But tactically they were much better than us, and their backs moved the ball quickly. They also kicked very well and we need to manage the game better.”

France ran in five tries at the Stadium Pierre Brisson in Beauvais – one each from Caroline Bourjard, Meryl Dubertrand, Pauline Bourdon, Caralie Bertrand and Camille Boudeau.

Coach Amanda Bennett’s England side never got into the game and were always on the back foot

The return match against Frances takes place on Saturday, February 22 at 
Esher Rugby Club in Surrey – a game Wood is looking forward.

She added: “There are some university games and a couple of Bristol Cup 
matches in the next few weeks, but the France game is my main focus. Fingers crossed I get selected, it was a great experience and I hope I’m involved again.

“I’m looking forward to preparing for the game and trying to help the team get a better result than this one.”

Bennett also focused on the positives in the aftermath of the heavy defeat.

She said: “A lot of what we’ve been working on over the last couple of months we put into practice.

“We are going in the right direction. It was a new 
experience for several of our players who have never 
experienced rugby with that pace and ferocity before.

“We now have almost three weeks to make the step up before our next match with France.”

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