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VIDEO- Gallagher wants England to show world-class

21 February 2013

  • Gallagher issues rallying call to team-mates after Ireland loss
  • Fans can watch game for free after men's match at Twickenham, kick-off 7.20pm.

England Women’s flanker Hannah Gallagher has called on her team to put their recent shock defeat to Ireland behind them and show they are a world-class team when they play against France at Twickenham on Saturday, kick-off 7.20pm. Entry to the stadium is free following the men's game on the same day.

Gary Street’s side got off to the perfect start in this year’s Six Nations with a 76-0 drumming of Scotland, but were humbled 25-0 by Ireland to ruin any chance of a seventh Grand Slam in eight years.

The last time the team lost was in 2011 against France and Gallagher, who has ten caps for England so far, believes that when they face them on Saturday it will be a great opportunity to get their Six Nations campaign back on track.

“The great thing about the Six Nations is that you can have one bad week but you have the next game to put it right,” she said. “That’s what we want to do, we want to put it all behind us and show we are a world-class team.

Hannah Gallagher runs with the ball against Ireland

Photo Credit: Getty Images

“We had a great result Scotland against and we played really well against them. Against Ireland we just didn’t play how we wanted to play. As a team we are more than capable of performing and developing on our performances so we are just aiming to show we can do it against France this weekend.

“Obviously every time we play against France they are a very big and physical team so it will be very hard. Every time we play against them it has been a very tight and close result, a physical game, but hopefully we will be tough up front and come through with a win.”

Gallagher made her debut for England in 2011 after switching from centre to flanker. England star flanker Maggie Alphonsi took her under her wing and taught her the ins and outs of being on the back row and Gallagher said she had a huge impact on her when she first started out on the international scene.

“She had a massive impact as she started coaching me from 16-18 years old when I made change from centre to flanker. There is no one better to teach you to be a flanker than another world-class flanker so she has helped me a lot with coaching and one-to-one skills and video analysis.”