Jess Breach helped England Women begin their autumn series with a 20-10 win against France in Clermont-Ferrand.
Breach, from Chichester, started on the wing for the Red Roses as they won in France for the first time since 2012 in front of the passionate home support of Clermont Auvergne’s Sports Marcel Michelin.
Jessy Tremouliere’s penalty put France ahead but World Rugby Women’s Player of the Year Emily Scarratt replied from 30 metres out.
After a succession of driving mauls, the Red Roses got the first try when captain Sarah Hunter crashed over.
Forward pressure saw Hunter go over with help from Sarah Beckett to establish a 17-3 half-time lead.
Marlie Packer’s yellow card saw France get their first try as a break down the blindside was finished by Camille Boudaud. England went 20-10 ahead with eight minutes to go when Scarratt knocked over her second penalty.
England face Les Bleues again tomorrow at Sandy Park, Exeter (1.10pm).
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