It's about time there was a thread on this subject. OK, so I'm probably the only one who'll ever say anything on the subject but just indulge me, eh..?
It's about women's sport. That's all. Please don't try to make it about men. If you want to talk about men's sport please start your own thread.
Week one of this year's 6 Nations tournament which, in effect, is the Northern Hemisphere rugby Championship, kicked off last night in Dublin. England were always going to be hot favourites against Ireland.
The England women's team turned professional last year, financed by the RFU and their own television and sponsorship deals. The squad has clearly benefited from being able to train and practice full time. A game and gallant, but still amateur, Irish team were never able to cope with England's pace, power and precision.
Jess Breach, Katie Daley-McLean and Zoe Harrison scored three tries in the first 13 minutes and effectively the game was over. The Irish girls fought hard and did themselves credit with their commitment but the 51-7 final score was, it has to be said, a fair reflection of the difference between the teams.
Italy impressed everybody today, beating Scotland by 28-7 in Scotstoun. Ilaria Arrighetti put The Azzuri
ahead early, but Scotland responded through Sarah Bonar while Italy were down to 13 for two yellow card offences. Tut-tut... naughty girls.
The second half got off to a slow start but Giada Franco crossed for Italy, before Beatrice Rigoni and Elisa Giordano added late efforts.
France host Wales at 8pm tonight in Montpelier. We're going out so will miss it. My money's on France to win this one.
The French women have been professional for three seasons now and are reigning champions in the Women's 6N. Dhia Traore plays at Loosehead Prop but don't let that fool ya. That girl is FAST out of the blocks. Fly Half Pauline Bourdon is a very astute fulcrum for a team that has a lot of attacking options at its disposal.
will be tough to depose as reigning champions. The match between England and France next week will probably be the deciding game in the tournament. Winner takes all..? Perhaps.
6N Star Players This Season....?? (please look at them as athletes)
Pauline Bourdon (France)
Kate Harrison (England)
Ffion Lewis (Wales)
Alison Miller (Ireland) (she's a doctor when she isn't playing rugby)
Bryony Nelson (Scotland)
Sophia Stefan (Italy)