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Summary

  1. FT: France 24-0 Ireland
  2. Venue: Stade Ernst Wallon, Toulouse
  3. Ireland's opening game in the 2018 women's Six Nations

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

Who will win the Women's Six Nations?

The Women's Six Nations takes place between 2 February-18 March with many of the games live on the BBC. A full list of BBC coverage can be found here.

As reigning Grand Slam champions and World Cup runners up, England are the team to beat in the 2018 Women's Six Nations.

France are expected to be their biggest challengers, while Ireland are rebuilding after a disappointing home World Cup campaign last summer.

Wales, Italy and Scotland are all improving - and anyone could cause an upset.

The destination of the Six Nations trophy could be decided in week four when France host England at Stade des Alpes in Grenoble. Expect a large crowd and big TV audience - especially in France - to tune in.

The BBC will be streaming online all games involving Scotland, Ireland and Wales (bar Wales' games against Ireland and France), while Sky TV will show England's matches.

Read our full Women's Six Nations preview here.

Six Nations more competitive than ever - Hunter

Women's Six Nations team news

France women v Ireland women (20:00 GMT)

France women: New captain Gaelle Hermet will lead the side from openside flanker. Hermet will be line-up alongside Romane Menager and Marjorie Mayans in the back row, with Yanna Rivoalen at scrum-half and Pauline Bourdon accompanying her in the half-backs.

There is a new centre partnership that sees Camille Boudaud at inside centre and Jade Le Pesq wearing the No.13 shirt.

Megan Williams has been capped for Ireland's Sevens team
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Megan Williams scored a try in the non-cap win over Wales earlier this month

Ireland women: Leinster wing Megan Williams will earn her first Ireland cap in Saturday's Women's Six Nations opener against France in Toulouse. Niamh Briggs is picked at fly-half after missing last summer's World Cup because of injury.

Wing Alison Miller is the sole remaining back from the World Cup play-off defeat by Wales with props Lindsay Peat and Cliodhna Moloney retained from the pack alongside lock Ciara Cooney and number eight Ciara Griffin, who is captain. Ulster's Claire McLaughlin will partner Sene Naoupu at centre.

Uncapped Connacht player Laura Feely is in line for her debut after being named in the replacements.

BBC Coverage

Women's Six Nations

France women v Ireland women

19:45-21:45, Rugby union - France v Ireland, Women's Six Nations, BBC Red Button and online

Get Inspired: How to get into rugby union

England's Danielle Waterman says rugby is 'an amazing sport for women'.

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The growing popularity of women's rugby in the UK can be seen through the success of the England team at the 2014 World Cup.

It is incredibly popular at universities, and women's rugby clubs around the country are always looking for enthusiastic players and the next new pool of talent.

Find your local club in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to give it a go.

Visit our Get Inspired Activity Guide to find out how you can get started and our Activity Finder to get into rugby union near you.

Women's Six Nations: Danielle Waterman says rugby is 'an amazing sport for women'