Aldcroft’s delight at England comeback

Zoe Aldcroft in action against France
Zoe Aldcroft in action against France

Scarborough-born rugby union star Zoe Aldcroft came off the bench as England beat France 26-13 at Twickenham in their opening match of the 2017 Women’s Six Nations on Saturday.

England scored 26 unanswered points after the break to overcome their 13-0 half-time deficit, with tries from Danielle Waterman and Amy Wilson-Hardy.

Aldcroft introduced for a two-minute cameo at the end of the thrilling contest, and was delighted to be a part of such a thilling turnaround to start their Six Nations bid.

She said: "It was amazing to be involved and getting to run out at Twickenham is unbelievable, at half time we just got told not to chase the game, keep composed and to go back to our game plan.

"It is very exciting to be involved in the Six Nations it's one of the biggest tournaments of the year and such a big one this year because of the run up to the World Cup."

England head coach Simon Middleton was delighted with his side’s comeback.

“I’m absolutely thrilled with the second half performance, the composure the players showed to get back into the game like they did and dominate the second half,” he said.

Aldcroft has again been named as a replacement for England’s second clash against Wales at Cardiff Arms Park on Saturday, 11.30am kick off.

You can watch Aldcroft and her Red Rose teammates in action live on Sky Sports 3.

England then face Italy on Saturday 25 February, 1pm, live on Sky Sports 2, before finishing their Six Nations campaign with games against Scotland and Ireland.