Former Keswick School students Cath O’Donnell and Abbie Scott both started for England as Emily Scarratt's late penalty saw the Red Roses beat France 20-18 to move top of the Women's Rugby Super Series table.

After wins over USA and Canada, England started badly when Cyrielle Banet touched down.

Kelly Smith's try got England back in it but Caroline Boujard's touchdown helped France to an 18-5 half-time lead in San Diego last night.

Scarratt scored two tries and, with eight minutes left, her penalty secured a lead for the first time - and a win.

After the victory, England are three points clear of New Zealand, who they play in their final match of the series on Sunday.

A win would ensure Simon Middleton's team officially become the world's best side.