- Ireland loss served as motivation for team, says Mason
- Watch the game free at Twickenham after the men's match, kick-off at 7.20pm
Scrum half La Toya Mason says the defeat to Ireland in this year’s Six Nations served as a “massive learning curve” for her as a leader and has given her motivation to perform against France on Saturday at Twickenham, which kicks off after the men's match at 7.20pm and is free for spectators.
Mason started as vice-captain in the 25-0 loss against Ireland and is one of the more experienced heads within the squad with 30 caps. The Wasps No.9 scored her maiden Test try for the team in the 2010 World Cup against Kazakhstan and has been a regular feature when not affected by injury since.
The 28-year-old will start Saturday’s match at scrum half and is going to use her experience against Ireland as a platform to build on against France.
“I was absolutely devastated after Ireland, as a leader I learnt a lot from that game and how to be a leader in that kind of atmosphere and for me that was a massive learning curve.
“All good teams have got to fall and that happened to us and we will remember this feeling of defeat and we will have to rebuild so we will take that on to us onto past next week right onto the world cup and remember that feeling and never want that feeling ever again.”
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“France are going to be watching our game [against Ireland] over and over and looking at what Ireland did and they will want to get that win over on us. It’s going to be a big old challenge, at Twickers you can’t lose on home soil and all the girls are going to be up for it and regaining pride in their shirt.”
Gary Street’s side were missing a number of key players against Ireland due to the Sevens World Series in New Zealand and the US, yet Mason is quick to quash that as an excuse for the poor performance against Ireland.
“We knew right from last year that if you are selected in 7s you are not part of Six Nations and if you look at our Six Nations squad everyone has been capped, and mostly been capped against New Zealand who are best in the world. We had one girl uncapped but she has been capped in the 7s international so we had experience out there. On the day Ireland played better than us.”