English women look to confirm world dominance?
James Mortimer and rfu.com 17 Jan 2013 Getty Images
Twickenham Stadium awaits England on February 23, when the Grand Slam winners take on fierce rivals France on the big stage, (KO 7:20pm). Rugby fans can watch the match for free with free entry to the stadium after the men’s RBS 6 Nations clash against France.
England are unchallenged as the best women's team in the Six Nations, unbeaten since 2006, with only Wales triple crown in 2009 blemishing a near flawless record.
Last season they defeated the World Champion Black Ferns three nil in a Test series, and this had English media saying perhaps the white women could break a long World Cup drought, now a familiar sounding two decades long.
England will then return to Esher RFC on March 9 to take on Italy to continue their Six Nations campaign, kick off 1pm, before their final game of the campaign at Aberavon RFC against Wales on March 17 (2:30pm)
Rugby fans will also be able to watch England Women take on Scotland and Italy live on streamed live on RFU.com while tickets for these games are available from www.ticketmaster.co.uk from Tuesday, January 15.
England head into this year’s tournament as defending champions but with 17 players involved in England’s Rugby World Cup Sevens training squad Head Coach Gary Street is set to field a very different squad to the side that defeated the world champions, New Zealand, in the autumn.
Lichfield No. 8 Sarah Hunter will captain England with Katy McLean involved with England Sevens, and she said: “Every Six Nations is a special tournament and I am always filled with excitement to play in the championship.
"But certainly this season it is going to be tougher than ever. We will be without several regular starters; players like Margaret Alphonsi, Emily Scarratt and Heather Fisher so that is going to present us with a very different challenge.
“However, I think it is going to be a very exciting challenge. We have shown over the last few years that we do have real depth in this England squad and this season’s Six Nations championship will be a real chance for some of the less experienced or younger players to show what they can do. It could certainly be our toughest Six Nations ever but I am relishing getting our campaign started and captaining this new-look England squad.”
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