Women’s Six Nations: Katy Daley-Mclean on the rapid rise of English women’s rugby


Katy Daley-Mclean (far excellent) on her debut in 2007
Ladies folk’s Six Nations: England v Scotland
Venue:Twickenham, LondonDate:Saturday, 16 MarchKick-off:19:30 GMT
Coverage:Radio and are residing text commentary on the BBC Sport web page and app.

When waft-half Katy Daley-Mclean made her England debut against Scotland in 2007, fewer than 300 participants had been there to appear.

Twelve years on, the 33-year-extinct is making ready to face Scotland again as she bids for a seventh Six Nations Tall Slam with the Crimson Roses.

England beget dominated the tournament this year, scoring bigger than 50 capabilities in three of their four wins – one in every of which turned into in entrance ofa file crowd of 10,545at Exeter’s Sandy Park.

This weekend, Daley-Mclean faces Scotland again – however that’s where the similarities between her first and 107th cap pause.

“In 2007, we had been all working so we may possibly well presumably beget travelled in for a group bustle before the sport,” acknowledged the 2014 World Cup-successful captain, who turned into one in every of 28 avid gamers given aplump-time contractin January.

“If we had been taking half in on Saturday, we may possibly well presumably beget arrived to our negative then, which would had been a rare smaller venue. We aged Broadstreet Rugby Membership in Coventry so a lot.

“After I turned into younger the ladies realistically would no longer beget played at Twickenham – especially no longer the ideal recreation of the tournament – and we indubitably would no longer beget done the group bustle there.”

England’s 2019 Six Nations outcomes
Eire 7-51 England
England 41-26 France
Wales 12-51 England
England 55-0 Italy

Crimson Roses on tour

England beget historically played their games at Twickenham Hunch, however began travelling throughout the nation ideal year in a disclose to attain contemporary audiences.

Englandbeat Six Nations favourites France 41-26at Doncaster’s Fortress Park – a recreation thru which Daley-Mclean surpassed 500 capabilities for her nation – before thrashing Italy 55-0 in Exeter.

The England avid gamers stayed round after the sport to mark autographs and retract selfies in Exeter

“Exeter turned into a little bit overwhelming,” she added. “To traipse out to 10,500 these that had fully strategy to seek us – it turned into the most well-known time that had came about delivery air a World Cup.

“Or no longer it is where we need our recreation to be and I mediate it must nonetheless be a typical occurrence.”

The crowds had been treated to challenging play from the Crimson Roses, who beget scored a strive every 9.7 minutes on moderate in the tournament to this level.

There had been standout performances from wings Kelly Smith, 23, and Jess Breach, 21, with Breach scoring seven tries.

“You peep on the younger ladies now getting capped in entrance of that many participants – that shows how immediate our recreation has developed in 12 years and the enhance that’s accessible for it.

“Kelly Smith and Jess Breach are upright natural finishers. As a 10, having the different to kick to your wingers is what you need in the stylish recreation.”

Coming dwelling

Entry to Saturday’s Crimson Roses’ recreation at Twickenham shall be free, with the match kicking off at 19:30 GMT after the males’s match is carried out.

That’s the reason, Twickenham attendances for ladies’s games are refined to file, however England rugby officials beget estimated a crowd of round 10,500 in old years.

England defeated Scotland 60-0 in 2007 and are favourites to take again this year, havingoverwhelmed them 43-8in the 2018 Six Nations.

Victory would give the Crimson Roses the prospect to pick out the trophy on the dwelling of English rugby, however Daley-Mclean says that 10,500 participants attain no longer make slightly as unprecedented of an influence in such an mountainous stadium.

“I attain relish taking half in at Twickenham however even when there are over 10,000 there it nonetheless appears to be shimmering empty on account of of how monumental it is,” she acknowledged.

“I mediate at some point we are in a position to aspire to beget it. That shall be sensational.”

More than 10,000 fans watched England beat Eire 37-15 at Twickenham in November

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