A year ago’s competition smashed records for attendances and broadcasting figures and there remains a phosphorescence, a half year on from the World Cup. There have been three distinct victors of the title in the previous three years and the persevering picture of the 2017 competition is a champ takes-all fantastic pummel standoff.
Begin to expose what’s underneath, in any case, and all isn’t exactly as blushing as it appears.
Sevens throws a shadow over a competition that battles for the sort of consideration stood to the Women’s World Cup, running simultaneously as it does with the men’s installations. For sure, while NatWest acted the hero to support the men’s competition, the ladies’ opposition still does not have one.
Britain’s Sarah Hunter started up for Six Nations by World Cup anguish
— England Rugby (@EnglandRugby) February 2, 2018
Six England players who completed as sprinters up in the World Cup will miss the side’s opener against Italy on Sunday in view of their association in the Sydney leg of the world sevens. Likewise, Jess Breach, the Harlequins wing who scored 11 tries in her initial two Tests in the fall, was in Australia as opposed to at Bisham Abbey getting ready for the Six Nations.
England – reigning champions
The Red Roses are rebuilding after the 2017 World Cup, with many top players unavailable as they are back on sevens contracts.
Ranked second in the world behind New Zealand, they are favourites after their run to the World Cup final, in which they lost to the Black Ferns.
However, without the likes of Emily Scarratt or Natasha Hunt, expect new faces like Abigail Dow and Shaunagh Brown to start making the headlines.
15. Ellie Kildunne (Gloucester-Hartpury, 3 caps)
14. Abigail Dow (Wasps FC Ladies, 2 caps)
13. Lauren Cattell (Saracens Women, 20 caps)
12. Rachael Burford (Harlequins Ladies, 75 caps)
11. Danielle Waterman (Wasps FC Ladies, 77 caps)
10. Katy Daley-Mclean (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks, 94 caps)
9. Leanne Riley (Harlequins Ladies, 16 caps)1. Rochelle Clark (Wasps FC Ladies, 132 caps)
2. Lark Davies (Worcester Valkyries, 6 caps)
3. Sarah Bern (Gloucester-Hartpury, 15 caps)
4. Abbie Scott (Harlequins Ladies, 24 caps)
5. Tamara Taylor (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks, 111 caps)
6. Poppy Cleall (Saracens Women, 17 caps)
7. Marlie Packer (Saracens Women, 54 caps)
8. Sarah Hunter (c) (Loughborough Lightning, 101 caps)
16. Amy Cokayne (Wasps FC Ladies, 36 caps)
17. Vickii Cornborough (Harlequins Ladies, 34 caps)
18. Justine Lucas (Wasps FC Ladies, 28 caps)
19. Rowena Burnfield (Richmond FC, 42 caps)
20. Izzy Noel-Smith (Bristol Ladies, 38 caps)
21. Caity Mattinson (Bristol Ladies, 3 caps)
22. Zoe Harrison (Saracens Women, 3 caps)
23. Charlotte Pearce (Loughborough Lightning, uncapped)
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