Cumbrian Cath O’Donnell helped England to a dominant victory on her first start in this season’s Six Nations.

The Maryport star featured in a 68-5 victory over Italy at Franklin’s Gardens.

O’Donnell, who had been a replacement for the opening win over Scotland, came into Simon Middleton’s second row for the Red Roses’ second game.

It saw the hosts sweep the Italians aside to continue a confident start to this season’s TikTok-sponsored series.

They ran in 12 tries, including four from Abby Dow and a hat-trick from Jess Breach.

It saw England on prolific form in their first game since the retirement of legendary captain Sarah Hunter.

Head coach Middleton said: "That was a great team performance. It was a full squad performance and I’m super proud.

“Italy were great - they came out playing with adventure and tried to take the game to us, they were unpredictable in attack and asked questions of our defence.

"Next time out against Wales it’ll be different. They are a confident and tough side, they have real good momentum.”