- Vicky Fleetwood in no mood for complacency ahead of Wales clash
- Lichfield hooker reunited with school friend Manu Tuilagi at Pennyhill Park
Despite two comfortable victories against Scotland and Italy, Vicky Fleetwood says England Women are in no mood for complacency ahead of their clash with Wales at Twickenham on Saturday.
Wales beat England in the RBS 6 Nations two years ago and the Lichfield hooker says the team need to produce their best rugby to beat one of the strongest sides in the tournament.
Fleetwood told RFUtv: “It’s not job done at all. We’ve got to take every game as it comes and with the next game being Wales, they have beaten us a couple of seasons ago in the Six Nations so they are one of our strongest oppositions. It’s going to be a really difficult game and we have just got to give it everything.”
Saturday’s match will be Fleetwood’s fifth appearance at Twickenham after three BUCS finals during her university career and a cap in England’s autumn Test against New Zealand. But she says it will be a “great honour” to play there again during her first Six Nations competition and with free entry after the men’s game, the 21-year-old is hoping to play in front of a good crowd.
She added: “The coverage that we have been getting recently has been great and the and with more supporters that can only be a good thing for us.”
Head Coach Gary Street has made 11 changes to the side that beat Italy a fortnight ago with fly half Katy McLean returning as captain.
As one of the newer faces in the squad, Fleetwood said there is the added pressure as England Women compete for a record seventh Grand Slam but said the competition for places is good for the players.
She said: “We thrive on the pressure and we love that. It is only helping to drive us forward.”
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Fleetwood was in good company during her early playing days , attending the same school as Leicester Tigers and England centre Manu Tuilagi. And although the pair have never played rugby together, they still keep in contact and were reunited at Pennyhill Park this week.
“I saw him play when he first came over and he played on the wing and he’s improved so much since then,” Fleetwood added.
“It’s really good to see how much he has improved. He came to watch the game against New Zealand and he came and spoke to me afterwards which was nice. I don’t think he’s really been that interested in women’s rugby but hopefully the guys will support us a bit more.”