England women tilt level playing field of Six Nations as slam beckons

Squad on full-time deals are poised to complete one of most one-sided grand slams on Saturday and their coach agrees this dominance ‘is not really good’ for tournament

If there is a racing certainty at the end of Cheltenham week it is that around 9.15 on Saturday night, at a dark and slightly echoey Twickenham, England’s women will be completing one of the most one-sided grand slam triumphs in the 23-year history of the Six Nations.

One-horse races are not exactly novel for England. They have won 13 grand slams since 1996 and Saturday’s opponents Scotland are, like their men, used to suffering at Twickenham. Scotland’s 89-0 defeat there in 2001 is their worst and Shade Munro’s team are propping up the Six Nations table again.

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