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Women's International Round-Up: W/E 29 September

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Eight Leicester Tigers players were involved in International duty over the weekend.

It would have been nine players, had Amy Cokayne, who was due to start for England in the second match of their test series with Canada, but the hooker was unfortunately ruled out through a small calf issue. 

Sticking with the Red Roses, Meg Jones started the match at outside-centre and was influential throughout. 

The Team GB seven's co-captain kicked two conversions and, for England's final try helped creating space with an arcing line that caused havoc, allowing her to glide through a gap and put over Jess Breach for the score as England triumphed 29 - 12. 

Both players were later named in the Red Roses' final squad for the inaugural WXV 1 tournament, in New Zealand.

Travelling north, four Tigers were involved in another big win as Scotland beat Spain by 36 -5.

Both Leah Bartlett and Francesca McGhie started the match, at loosehead prop and left-wing respectively.

McGhie bagged the first try of the second half with a great finish, beating a couple of defenders for pace right on the touchline and hitting a big hand off to run it home. 

Eva Donaldson and Elis Martin both came off the bench and made an impact, with Elis grabbing her first International try in the process. 

Just minutes after coming on, with a line-out five-metres out, Martin arrowed the ball in and, in a sentence to delight the Tigers faithful, the rolling maul was on, storming over the line and allowing the hooker to touch down.

All four players have also been named in Scotland's final squad for WXV 2, with the group travelling to South Africa in the next couple of weeks.

The final game of the weekend was also taking place in the British Isles, as Wales hosted the USA. 

The United States will actually face Scotland in the WXV competition, with three Tigers named in the final USA squad for the tournament.

In this match, Keia Mae Sagapolu, making her third appearance for her country, started at tighthead prop, Tess Feury started on the right-wing, the full-back showing her versatility, while substitute Tahlia Brody came off the bench with 25 minutes remaining, as the Eagles attempted to mount a late comeback before falling 38 - 18.