Thursday, 5 February 2009

Grand Slam for England?

Forget the angst, dismiss the pressure and say "pah" to the stress...this year's 6 Nations title and Grand Slam are in the bag for England.

I am, of course, referring to the women's 6 Nations, where No. 8 Catherine Spencer will lead the England team as it bids for an utterly unprecedented fourth consecutive Grand Slam.

The English women should get off to a good start against Italy (against whom they won 76-6 last year) at London Welsh on Saturday but, despite my bravado, this year might prove to be a bit tougher for England. Not only have the likes of Wales emerged as credible contenders, England are also spreading themselves a little thinner this tournament, fielding several youngsters as more established players prepare for the Rugby World Cup 7s in Dubai next month.

Furthermore, I see that they now have to wear the same abomination of a kit that the men's team wear. Now that is a worrying sign.


Nursedude said...

I got used to rooting for American women in previous Olympics in Basketball, soccer(football) and Softball, as the form of the US men's team's were so deplorable. You get used to it.

As far as the men's game goes, England and France-normally favorites in this competition over the years, both seem to be going through a lot of nerves and turmoil leading into this 2009 campaign, aren't they?

Unknown said...

Go girls!!! - a fourth grand slam would really give the boys something to think about - not that the RFU gives a damn! The RFUW really are the poor relations