Lydia Thompson’s hat-trick helped England beat Italy 74-0 in Parma to extend their record-breaking unbeaten run to 20 games with a second successive TikTok Women’s Six Nations win.

The defending champions are pursuing a fourth straight Championship and Simon Middleton’s Red Roses were far too strong for their opponents, registering 12 tries in total at the Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi.

Stourbridge ace Thompson scored three with fellow winger Sarah McKenna collecting a try double and scrum-half and Player of the Match Natasha Hunt dictating the tempo throughout.

Having beaten Scotland 57-5 last week, England’s win sets up a mouth-watering Round 3 clash against fellow unbeaten side Wales in their first home fixture of the Championship.

Wales maintained their perfect start with a second consecutive win against Scotland in a thrilling contest.

Worcester’s Ffion Lewis scored the winning try in the 75th minute to secure a 24-19 victory.

France overpowered Ireland in the other match in round two, running out convincing 40-5 winners.