Monday, 11 February 2019
Women's Six Nations 2019 - England at a canter
With England's remaining fixtures being, with respect, against weaker opponents in Wales, Italy and Scotland, it is difficult to see anything other than the championship heading England's way.
This is, of course, to be expected given that the English women are the only full-time professional squad in the Six Nations.
And while professionalism is obviously currently great for England's women, I'm not sure that such disparity in standards is at all healthy, both in terms of the overall quality of the competition or, indeed, for the long-term development of the England team.
What is needed is greater competition and quality throughout with overall standards raised, and it is incumbent on the powers that be to explore how such an ambition might be funded.