Wasted probabilities, fantasy rugby and good hair


In her second BBC Sport column of the 2021 Girls’s Six Nations, England prop Shaunagh Brown critiques their win in opposition to Scotland and discusses fantasy rugby and the significance of a superb coiffure.

England beat Scotland 52-10 in our Girls’s Six Nations opener on Saturday, however now we now have to have a look at ourselves truthfully after we let probabilities go to waste in that sport.

We’re all the time waiting for the World Cup, which has been postponed to September 2022, and in our assessment on Sunday morning hosts New Zealand have been talked about.

In opposition to Scotland, we switched off they usually scored a attempt. You can not give one thing simple like that away to New Zealand.

Final time we performed France we received by a degree, so it’s about taking our probabilities after we get them.

We can not get tired of doing the best factor and going by way of processes that work for us. We don’t have to do spectacular issues.

If the forwards want to hold 9 occasions in a row, that could be boring to observe and it’s simply as boring to do typically. But when that’s what we have to do, then that’s what we now have to hold on doing.

With the World Cup in thoughts, there’s discuss of squad rotation from our head coach Simon Middleton.

He has put everybody comfortable by saying they wish to take a look at totally different gamers, it’s not due to something we now have finished within the sport.

It is advisable have individuals who can slot out and in in a World Cup squad. It doesn’t matter what, you all the time desire a begin.

When he says about squad rotation there’ll nonetheless be one thing at the back of folks’s minds pondering they may have began if that they had performed a bit higher.

‘My mates say I’m too costly for his or her fantasy staff’

We’ve got Girls’s Six Nations fantasy rugby for the primary time this yr. Most of my mates haven’t put me of their staff as a result of they are saying I’m too costly.

I have no idea how I really feel about that. It’s good to be costly however on the identical time I don’t wish to outprice myself available on the market.

There are such a lot of folks enjoying, it appears to be a roaring success which is an indication of progress and engagement with the ladies’s sport.

It’s a must to select from totally different nations so it encourages folks to find out about different groups they won’t usually watch.

We’ve got a number of the world’s greatest enjoying for England. Emily Scarratt and Poppy Cleall – who received participant of the match on Saturday – are on each single particular person’s staff it appears.

Poppy stands out in each sport she performs and seeing the offloads between her and her twin sister Bryony in opposition to Scotland was so cute.

They know the place the area is they usually know the place the opposite one goes to place it. Poppy obtained a bottle of champagne as a result of she was participant of the match and right away she gave it to Bryony.

‘Matchday hair is essential’

A surprisingly massive a part of our preparations on sport day is how we fashion our hair. It’s truly crucial when you’ve got lengthy hair as a result of you do not need it to get in your face.

Prop Detysha Harper does plenty of gamers’ hair for matches and coaches are on board with making a gathering 10 minutes late as a result of gamers have to get their hair finished.

Detysha braided each mine and Ellie Kildunne’s for the Scotland sport. Anybody who had a plait within the sport would have had their hair finished by Detysha – she arrange slightly salon within the staff room.

We’ve got had totally different plaiters throughout my time with England. Rachael Burford could be very strict with an appointments system so it didn’t intrude along with her personal matchday routine.

The occasions could be written up on the door and should you missed your time or should you didn’t have an appointment you could possibly not get your hair finished.

Detysha could be very relaxed. There’ll solely ever be a queue of about two or three however some folks stress out if their hair will not be finished by a sure time.

The overall fashion is one or two plaits up the again to cease these bits falling out and a few ladies have a plait the place a fringe could be.

Some gamers are fairly fussy although, myself included. If it’s not tight sufficient, we are going to take it out and ask for it to be finished once more.

Final yr after we had early kick-offs as a result of we have been enjoying similtaneously the boys’s Six Nations, even the coaches have been questioning after we have been going to get hair finished.

They knew we needed to kind it as a result of should you look good, you are feeling good, you play good.

‘It’s time for motion in opposition to racism’

As in earlier Take a look at matches, there’s a second of silence earlier than Girls’s Six Nations video games to mark Rugby In opposition to Racism.

Up to now we now have stood in a cross formation and we determined not to try this this time. It led to some confusion and ultimately solely me and one different participant took a knee throughout the silence.

It was nobody’s fault as a result of we weren’t positive what we have been doing.

I take a knee out of respect for the motion however the work I’m doing in variety and inclusion is extra essential to me.

To me, it’s only a gesture and it means nothing now. It isn’t as essential because it was and now it’s about motion.

It’s good for people to kneel however it’s extra essential to me that folks wish to have conversations with me about racism and take motion to result in change.

Shaunagh Brown was talking to BBC Sport’s Becky Gray.

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