- Reed ready to grasp Six Nations chance
- The team are expecting a tough tournament, says centre
England Women’s rising star Amber Reed is aiming to use this year’s Six Nations as a platform to showcase her potential ahead of the summer tour to New Zealand and the World Cup next year.
The 21-year-old centre has just three caps for England but made a strong impression with some solid performances in last autumn’s internationals, helping the side to an historic series whitewash over The Black Ferns.
England’s clash with Scotland at Esher RFC on Saturday will be Reed’s debut in the Six Nations but with a number of top names away on duty with the Sevens team, she says it will provide the perfect opportunity for her to show her potential at the highest level.
“There’s no secret that there are 17 players who have gone over to play sevens but I think it’s just an opportunity for players like myself who are coming through to get that experience playing at a high level. The Six Nations is quite an intense period of rugby so I am looking forward to the challenge and I know the players around me are as well,” said Reed.
“We have got the World Cup coming up next year and also New Zealand away in the Summer Nations Cup so I’m looking at the Six Nations as a chance to put my hand up and show what I can do to the coaches and teammates and put myself in contention for selection in the World Cup next year and also the summer.”
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England’s dominance in the Six Nations has led to them winning the last seven tournaments, taking six Grand Slams in a row. Gary Street’s side head into the tournament firm favourites but Reed says the team are remaining level-headed and are not expecting an easy tournament.
“I don’t think expectations are any lower, because we are still going to set our sights on being the best team we can be and putting in the best performances week on week,” she said. “At the end of the day we want to win the Six Nations. Just because we have got a new group of players doesn’t give us any leeway in wanting to be the best so week on week we are just going to build, take it one step at a time.”
For Reed, playing for England might not sit quite as well as hoped with one side of the family as her uncle is former Scotland and Lions lock Andy Reed. Despite her uncle’s support towards the Scots, Reed says there is a healthy rivalry within the family.
“Dad supports England and always has done. I have not spoken to my uncle about it properly yet but have mentioned it to my gran before about who she was going to support, Scotland or England if I am playing, and I don’t think I quite got a definitive answer about that so might ask her again before the game on Saturday.
“I think we are generally quite a family orientated unit and I really enjoy going down to Cornwall and catching up with everyone down there. Before I got my first cap he [Andy] gave me a call and wished me luck. It doesn’t matter if I am playing for England or not, he is quite supportive. He will phone me up and wish me good luck.”
Watch England women take on Scotland live on RFU.com on Saturday 2 February, ko 2pm