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We thrive on Twickenham pressure says England captain

22 February 2012

  • England Women look to maintain 100 per cent success record at Twickenham 
  • Wales next up for reigning champions in the Six Nations
Fly half Katy McLean breaks a tackle during England Women's match against New Zealand

Photo: Getty Images 

England Women’s captain Katy McLean is looking to maintain her side’s 100 per cent success record at Twickenham Stadium this Saturday when they take on Wales in the RBS 6 Nations.

Twickenham has become a fortress for England’s Women in recent years and most recently they defeated the world champions New Zealand 10-0 at England Rugby’s HQ in November - the first time England prevented the Black Ferns from scoring any points against them.

“It’s always a massive honour to play at Twickenham and as a team we have had some great experiences playing there, especially against New Zealand in the autumn,” the 26-year-old said. “For us playing at a stadium like Twickenham doesn’t add pressure. Instead we thrive on the excitement and we will be doing our best to maintain our impressive record at the stadium.”

England head into the clash against fierce rivals Wales on the back of wins over Scotland and Italy and the reigning Six Nations champions have only conceded three points in the tournament so far.

“Obviously it's pleasing to have won two games from two so far as that is where we need to be to retain the Grand Slam but in terms of performances we have a lot to improve on,” the Darlington Mowden Park Sharks fly half added. 

“We have definitely made too many individual errors and that is a big target for us to improve on going forward. The longer we retain the ball the harder it is for the opposition to do us damage and that's important in the games coming up against Wales, France and Ireland.”

After consecutive championship wins since 2006, England are targeting a record seventh Six Nations title in 2012. But with Wales the last side to defeat England in the championship back in 2009, denying Gary Street's side a Grand Slam in the process, McLean knows that Saturday’s clash will be their toughest challenge so far.

“Wales is always a tough game,” said McLean. “They have always had a competitive pack and a back-row who want to compete at the breakdown and disrupt the way we play. They are coming to Twickenham and will be looking to cause an upset and we need to make sure that we are ready for that.”

Rugby fans can watch the game for free with free entry to the Twickenham stadium following the men’s Six Nations match. The game is also live on the BBC Sport Red Button and on the BBC Sport website.