This year’s 6 Nations Championship was officially launched in London today with both men’s and women’s rugby players from each nation in attendance. With the competition set to kick off in just over a week, captains and representatives from all six competing women’s rugby nations were there to give their overview on the upcoming games.
The women’s competition kicks off next Friday night with Ireland hosting Italy and the next day England host Wales and France travel to Scotland. The game of the weekend will undoubtedly be the clash at Esher were current Triple Crown champions Wales, will take on the 6 Nations champions England.
England were beaten by Wales for the first time ever last season and Wales flanker Catrina Nicholassaid she expected a tough game.
“I don’t know if they’ll be more fired up than normal because they are always fired up and when Wales and England play its always a bit of grudge match and a big physical game. Having said that I can imagine a few will have a bee in their bonnet about last years result and be looking to put that right.”
Scotland captain Lynne Reid said she was hugely looking forward to the opening game against France.
“I always look forward to the France game, they bring lot of physicality but a flair and natural rugby ability as well. We always approach the game with confidence and that’s the same this year though you never are sure what you will get with France.”
Meanwhile Ireland’s Fiona Coghlan said she was expecting a tough opener against Italy: “With Italy you don’t know from one year to the other what their game plan will be because they’re further away without much press and without a lot of news about their club games. They are the unknown,”
The launch this morning was also attended by England captain Catherine Spencer, Italy captainPaola Zangirolami and Sandra Rabier of France. The launch took place at the Hurlingham Club in Fulham, London alongside the event for the men’s 6 Nations.
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