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Sunday, February 07, 2010

Independent profile Catherine Spencer: "England captain, and fine role model"

A superb profile of England's captain, Catherine Spencer, appears in today's Independent on Sunday. "With her 51st cap for England just under her belt", the article opens, "as captain of a team that's seeded second in the world; with a body of steel, a training schedule from hell and a sense of commitment to make grown men weep, Catherine Spencer is probably the most successful sportsperson that you've never heard of."

Well, hopefully everyone reading this will have heard of her - but what you may not know about (until your read this) is her astonishing routine which - in between work and training it seems to barely leave time for eating and sleeping!

But it obviously works. England opened their Six Nations last night with a 31-0 shut-out against Wales. With five tries from Heather Fisher, Kat Merchant, Emily Scarratt, Katy McLean and Ros Clark it gives England the perfect start in their quest for an unprecedented fifth consecutive Six Nations (see match reports from Heavens GameWRFU and RFU).

Having thus disposed of second ranked Wales, England will have been delighted to hear that the unheralded Scottish team had beaten another of their most significant challengers, France. The Scots recorded a shock 10-8 win  (report on Scrumqueens and SRFU) - their first Six Nations win over anyone other than Italy since 2006! The result is also the latest in a series of lamentable starts by France to international series, following on from their loss to Ireland at the same stage last year, their narrow squeak against South Africa in the Nations Cup in the summer, and their first test home defeat to Canada in the Autumn internationals. France's opening game in the World Cup will be against Sweden - another "shock" in the making?


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