|A team with something to prove - |
here after their win over France
(and watch the video of their celebrations here!)
No. Spain were chucked out because from 2008 the Women's Six Nations came under the same sponsorship deal as the men's Six Nations, and therefore the management of the Six Nations Council, which meant that the women's tournament had to reflect the men's. And Spain were not in the men's Six Nations, so out they went to be replaced by Italy (who the Spanish women have never lost to!).
So - in short - Spain's women were cast into the wilderness because their men's team were not good enough. Rarely in the history of sport can there ever have been a more unfair, unjustified, openly sexist, and indefensible decision - but Spain had to live with it because the tournament sponsors were waving cheque books - and justice and money rarely make the most natural bedfellows. Especially if the only victims are rugby players that speak Spanish.
|Nicola Hoole scores for England against Netherlands.|
Though an England A beat a Spanish team in March, that was a warm-up friendly in front of a handful of well-wishers in Guildford. Tomorrow will be very different - a fired up Spanish team with four years of injustice burning inside playing in front of a big - probably close to capacity - crowd at the University of Coruña. It should be amazing.
Read this ScrumQueens interview with the Spanish coach to see how determined they are. Hertfordshire's England World Cup star Michaela Staniford also anticipates a tough battle.