So winter has finally hit, and as I sit at my desk looking out at nothing but a vast white space interrupted only by oddly shaped snowmen, it is confirmed that indoor training will be the order of the week.
A snow day just before the weekend was brilliant and like the thousands of children who headed to the hills so too did I! After piling on nearly every layer I owned I headed out in search of a sledge; not filled with too much hope as I was sure every other person in the area would have done the same. I came so close as just before I walked into a shop a lady walked out with the last 4!!!
Despite thinking she was being greedy I settled for some tarpaulin and made my way back home. Finally a few friends and I hit the hills…luckily one of them had had better luck in finding a sledge. After coming across; a surfboard, road signs, dustbin lids and some people trying their luck without an aid, my tarpaulin purchase looked like a success. The sledging success however was slightly different; trying to fit in to and balance myself on a very small and thin sledge proved more difficult than the 10 year olds were making it look. Not that my England teammates Natasha Hunt and Harriet Millar Mills were in a supportive mood, instead rolling about laughing and very much enjoying my misfortune!
Anyway back to rugby and the new routine of training down in London every week with the England Sevens Rugby World Cup training squad has really kicked in and, so far, without too many issues or problems. The house that 8 of us are sharing (although quickly turning into 9 or 10) is working well and becoming a bit of a social hub. Possibly due to the very small living room we have to share where only 4/5 people can actually have seats it can become quite crowded. But despite this there have been no fallings out or disagreements.
Last night we were treated to having the London Wasps chef come in and cook for us…despite some rather shaky cookery skills, not least Kay Wilson trying to de-seed a pomegranate, the food was amazing!! Homemade burgers, sweet potato wedges, two types of huge salad, corn on the cob and broccoli, and fresh fruit! We were all comatose after eating so much and there was still plenty for another day. Despite our best attempts he didn’t seem that keen on coming back every Monday to cook for us for free…can’t imagine why!
On Monday Jan 28 a squad of 12 will leave for the second leg of the World Sevens Series in Houston. I have been fortunate to be named in that squad and am really looking forward to getting out there and playing. This will be the first real opportunity we’ve had, since our training squad was announced, to pit ourselves against the best teams in the world. We have a tough group; Netherlands, Trinidad and Tobago and New Zealand but hopefully with a bit more sun on our backs our solar powered team will go out there and play! At the same time, our XVs England buddies will be kicking off their Six Nations campaign and we’ll be rooting for them. I hope you will be too. They play Scotland at Esher RFC on Feb 2 in an exciting opener to the tournament.
Women’s Six Nations Info
February 2, 2013, England v Scotland, KO 2pm Esher RFC, Live on RFU.com
February 9, 2013, Ireland v England, KO 2pm, Ashbourne RFC
**February 23, 2013, England v France, KO 720pm, Twickenham Stadium, Live on BBC
*March 9, 2013, England v Italy, KO 1pm, Esher RFC, Live on RFU.com
March 17, 2013, Wales v England, KO 230pm, Aberavon RFC
*Tickets are available from www.ticketmaster.co.uk
**Free entry to Twickenham Stadium after the men’s Six Nations match