When England and Ireland stroll out at Welford Road this afternoon, the Red Roses will probably be laser centered on incomes their twenty second Test victory on the bounce.
A win for the hosts would break a file relationship again to 1997, when a run of 21 consecutive Test victories got here to an finish. Having already overwhelmed Scotland, Italy and Wales by a mixed scoreline of 189-10, it could additionally arrange a Six Nations title decider in opposition to France on the Stade Jean Dauger on the ultimate weekend.
The match can also be set to interrupt the attendance file for a Red Roses house fixture, with over 15,000 tickets already bought. The earlier file was set within the final spherical when a crowd of 14,689 watched England beat Wales 58-5 at Gloucester’s Kingsholm Stadium.
Ireland have had a tough match to this point, shedding their first two fixtures in opposition to Wales and France earlier than steadying the ship with a 29-8 victory in opposition to Italy. They final beat England in 2015, triumphing 11-8 on their strategy to their second Six Nations title.
Emily Scarratt will make her one centesimal look for England at outdoors centre immediately, an enormous milestone for the staff’s all-time file factors scorer. “It’s a little bit crazy to be honest,” she stated on Friday.
“The women have been giving me the large one because the cap numbers have gone up in current weeks, however I genuinely have tried not to consider it.
“I understand how fragile this sport will be at occasions and the way you should not take something without any consideration, and if I’m trustworthy I’ll nonetheless be doing that for the subsequent three days.
“But it is undoubtedly one thing I by no means got down to obtain. It’s exhausting to get your head round I feel. [It feels] a lot totally different [to my first cap]. I bear in mind being extremely nervous. The crowd wasn’t huge.
“It’s fully mad. Obviously the considered practically filling someplace like Welford Road, when for my debut we performed at Esher which has principally acquired only one stand down one facet of it… the package was huge and dishevelled, the altering rooms had been a bit previous and stuffy with only a traditional bench and a hook. It was simply fully totally different.
“When you look again on it and mirror, they had been beginner days, should you like, regardless of the actual fact we had been clearly coaching and all the pieces we did was round being as skilled as we may with out truly having that official title.
“I would not have the ability to inform you how many individuals would come and watch, however it could be within the a whole bunch, as within the 100s, not more than that.
“To think we’re now at over 15,000, the game has come such a long way and I’m incredibly proud to have been a part of that journey and seen how it’s grown.”