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BREAKFAST WITH ENGLAND WOMEN AT RBS 6 NATIONS CHAMPIONSHIP

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on Friday, 06 February 2015
The phrase 'I'm going to meet the England Rugby Captain for breakfast' caused much stirring last week. Grown men, women and even friend's children turned green with jealously and gave tips pass on to Chris Robshaw the 29 year old 6'2" Captain who will be leading tonight's opening match against Wales at the Millennium Stadium.

However it wasn't him I wanted to meet but Tamara Taylor the tall and beautiful blonde who is Captain of the England ladies team. It's still shameful that not many people know that there is a shadow women's 6 nations running alongside the men's championship. They follow the same format as the men playing the same opposition teams, so this weekend they women will also play Wales on Sunday, kicking off at 2.30pm at Swansea RFC.

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As the games isn't as well known as the men's it this follows that they play smaller stadiums, mores the pity it isn't covered on mainstream broadcast. But that but that doesn't mean the passion and pride of wearing the white shirt is any less. I caught up Tamara at the breakfast launch and asked her how she felt; "Nervous, proud and really excited. Wearing the kit makes me feel a huge sense of pride. I love rugby and we have a massive appetite to win and the squad has really strong players." The fact that these women also aren't full time pro but run normal lives, do the school run and then play International rugby at the weekend makes them even more impressive. I like to think their 'to do' lists include; "By Cat food, sort out 5 year birthday party, beat France 79-6"

Women's rugby is going from strength to strength with England women winning the Rugby World cup in France last year.

Not bad since as a women's game it only really got started in the late 1970's compared with the men's game which has been around since 1845. Sarah Hunter and Rochelle Clark were reach rewarded with an MBE for helping England lift the World Championship trophy last year for the first time in 20 years. For this 2015 RBS 6 Nations Championship the girls are hungry for their first championship win since 2012, with Ireland and France most recently taking the silverware home.

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I'll be cheering the men's teams for sure, but I'll also be buying tickets to see the girls play at Twickenham Stoop, home to the Harlequins on 15th Feb. At only £10 each it's a great way to introduce new players to the sport and I'll be there, as proud as the girls on the pitch, in my shirt screaming COME ON ENGLAND!

And just in case you wanted to know, I had a hug from Lewis Moody and Chris Robshaw and can categorically confirm that England Rugby players give the best bear hugs. Jealous much?

Forthcoming fixtures for women's matches – tickets can be bought directly from each stadium:
Sunday, February 8, Wales v England, KO 230pm, Swansea RFC, live stream on BBC Wales
Sunday, February 15, England v Italy, KO 2pm, the Twickenham Stoop, live on englandrugby.com
Friday, February 27, Ireland v England, KO 730pm, Asbourne RFC, live stream by IRFU
Friday, March 13, England v Scotland, KO 735pm, the Northen Echo Arena, Darlington, live on Sky Sports.
Saturday, March 21, England v France, KO 720pm, Twickenham Stadium, live on the BBC Red Button.

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