- England: Tries – Jones, Wilson 4, Scarratt, Millar-Mills, Matthews, Cokayne, Thompson. Conversions – Mclean 2, Scarratt.
- Spain: Tries – Gasso.
Red Roses wing Kay Wilson scored four tries as the Red Roses began their 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup campaign with a convincing 56-5 win over Spain.
England produced an entertaining attacking performance against the eighth-ranked side in the world as they scored 10 tries in the first game in the defence of their trophy won three years ago.
Megan Jones and a hat-trick from Kay Wilson gave England a 24-5 half time lead at the UCD Bowl in Dublin as Spain crossed just before the break out wide after a quick tap penalty.
Replacement Emily Scarratt scored two minutes after the break, with Harriet Millar-Mills, Alex Matthews, Amy Cokayne, Lydia Thompson and a fourth from Wilson saw England break the 50-point mark.
It was a 10th Test win in a row for England as they got off to a perfect start in Dublin, with Italy and USA to play in their final two pool games.
Wing Wilson continued her excellent 2017 with a display of clinical finishing in the first half as she grabbed a 27 minute hat-trick.
She finished off a slick move with quick hands out wide for her first before expertly taking a Katy Mclean crossfield kick to dot down for a second.
Wilson got her third after a smart one-handed take and finish, and a burst of pace in the second half got her a fourth score.
The Richmond flyer, who scored a record-breaking seven tries against Scotland in the Six Nations earlier this year, has now scored 32 tries in 47 outings at international level.
England broke the deadlock after just a minute with a powerful run from Jones on her Women's Rugby World Cup debut.
The Bristol centre was solid in attack and defence throughout and hit an excellent line and showed neat footwork on her fifth appearance to dot down for the perfect start.
It was also a fine start for England in the defence of their title with Simon Middleton's side scoring 10 tries and laying down a marker to the rest of their rivals in Ireland, having already headed into the tournament as the number one ranked team in the world.
Middleton named nine Women;s Rugby World Cup debutants for England’s Pool B opener, with Vickii Cornborough, Heather Kerr, Sarah Bern, Harriett Millar-Mills, Izzy Noel-Smith, Abbie Scott Zoe Aldcroft, Megan Jones and Leanne Riley all experiencing the tournament for the first time.
Forwards Poppy Cleall, Amy Cokayne and Justine Lucas came off the bench to make their first appearances at the tournament to take the tally to 12 debutants on the day
Meanwhile, full back Waterman and centre Burford as well as replacement prop Rochelle Clark made their fourth appearances at a World Cup while centre Scarratt, who came on at half time for her 70th England appearance, crossed with one of her first touches of the ball.
England captain Sarah Hunter expressed her delight with the win post match, but admits there is room for improvement.
"We're really happy to get a good win under our belts, get the first game done and for us that is job one done," she said.
"Spain came at us and caused problems at times. We had to work out some areas and really dig in but it's pleasing to get a run out. There is certainly a lot for us to look back at and improve on for our next game." "It's tournament rugby and you have to win every game..."
She added: "In the build up to this tournament and since being here the focus has very much been on us, we haven't really acknowledged external pressures that others are putting on us, we are very much one job at a time and today was just about Spain and preparing as best we could to come here and execute.
"It's tournament rugby and you have to win every game that is put in front of you, so it's a job well done for the girls, we will rest, recover and look at what we need to improve on ahead of Italy."
England Women matchday 23 against Spain, Women’s Rugby World Cup 2017.
15. Danielle Waterman (Bristol); 14. Lydia Thompson (Worcester Valkyries), 13. Megan Jones (Bristol), 12. Rachael Burford (Harlequins Ladies), 11. Kay Wilson (Richmond); 10. Katy Mclean (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks), 9. Leanne Riley (Harlequins Ladies); 1. Vickii Cornborough (Harlequins Ladies), 2. Heather Kerr (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks), 3. Sarah Bern (Bristol), 4. Abbie Scott (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks), 5. Zoe Aldcroft (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks), 6. Harriett Millar-Mills (Lichfield), 7. Izzy Noel-Smith (Bristol), 8. Sarah Hunter (C) (Bristol).
Replacements: 16. Amy Cockayne (Lichfield), 17. Rochelle Clark (Worcester Valkyries), 18. Justine Lucas (Lichfield), 19. Poppy Cleall (Bristol), 20. Alex Matthews (Richmond), 21. La Toya Mason (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks), 22. Amber Reed (Bristol), 23. Emily Scarratt (Lichfield).
Spain: 15. Barbara Pia; 14 Maria Casado, 13. Amaia Erbina, 12. Marina Bravo, 11. Iera Echebarria; 10. Partrica Garcia, 9. Anne Fernandez de Corres; 1. Saioa Jaurena, 2. Aroa Gonzalez (C), 3.Jeanina Vinueza, 4. Berta Garcia, 5. Maria Ribera, 6. Diana Gasso, 7. Paula Medin, 8. Elena Redondo.
Replacements: 16. Isabel Rico, 17. Isabel Macias, 18. Rocio Garcia, 19. Monica Castelo, 20. Angela Del Pan, 21. Maria Ahis, 22. Vanesa Rial, 23. Carlota Meliz.
Schedule Pool B
England 56-5 Spain
Wednesday 9 August, UCD Bowl, Dublin
England v Italy
Sunday 13 August – Billings Park UCD, Dublin (KO 2.30pm)
Live coverage ITV1 from 2pm
England v USA
Thursday 17 August - Billings Park UCD, Dublin (KO 2.30pm)
Live coverage ITV4 from 2pm