Breach enjoys Red Roses debut

Red Roses wing Jessica Breach says she enjoyed every second of her international debut after she scored six tries as England thrashed Canada 79-5 in their Old Mutual Wealth Series opener.

The 20-year-old Harlequins wing got three tries in each half at Allianz Park as she played for the senior side for the first time.

Breach's six for England added to four tries she scored for Quins in the Tyrrells Premier 15s where she is the leading try scorer with 12 this season.

“It was really good fun,” she said.

“As a first cap it was amazing to get six tries but the game was so physical and we had to work hard to get the win that we did.

“I was nervous but when you catch the ball and see space in front of you, you might as well take it on."

Hurdler to finisher

Breach combines playing rugby with studying a degree in sport and exercise science at the University of Chichester where she is in her second year. 

She was a talented hurdler in her youth where she represented England Schools but decided to move any focus away from athletics to focus on her rugby career.

After starting her rugby career at Chichester Rugby Club, she moved to Aylesford Bulls that became Harlequins Ladies this season and played for England at Under 18 and Under 20 level.

So how did the game compared to a match at Harlequins? “It was a lot different. At Quins we get some supporters and it’s nice but the crowd here were unbelievable.

“The roar when you catch the ball was insane and I had my parents and my brother in the stand which was even better."

With Breach one of seven debutants in the victory over Canada, she was also asked the experienced players have helped the new faces settle in.

“It’s really good, we all fit in like a family, they welcome us, they joke around with us so it’s really good.

“They give us tips because of the experience they have so it's really comfortable."


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