England Women’s powerhouse flanker Heather Fisher says England will have to be at their best for Sunday’s Six Nations clash against France if they are to keep their title ambitions on track.
A year ago England edged an 11-10 victory to clinch the Six Nations title for a fifth successive year, but as the score-line suggests it was a tough encounter for the rugby world cup finalists.
“It was tight last year, too tight really but that sets up this game to be a really exciting match,” said the Worcester player.
“We all know if every single one of us plays to the best of our abilities then we can beat any team in the world.
Unfortunately we didn’t do that against New Zealand in the world cup final last year but since them we have come together and gathered ourselves. This is a new beginning for us and I know if we play to our best we can win.”
The clash, which is being billed as a potential ‘winner takes all’ encounter as both sides are unbeaten so far, sees the Worcester player start her second successive Six Nations match after scoring a brace of tries against Italy two weeks ago.
“You could never call France predictable – you can analyse them as much as you like but to be honest it’s all about what they do on the day,” added the explosive flanker.
“You can’t expect the expected against them. France always raise their game for us. They have got quite a few new players in their squad this season and it seems to be working for them. They now play a very similar game to us and I think that is going to make for a great match.”
One thing that is for sure is that England’s forwards will be key on Sunday, with Fisher, Margaret Alphonsi and Sarah Hunter making up a formidable backrow. In the pack there is some serious experience, with the unit sharing a massive 269 caps between them.
“We know we have a very important job on Sunday,” added Fisher. “We have got a very strong back row, playing together is easy and I am sure we’ll have a big part to play. The forwards have to create the platform for the backs to play off and that is going to be key on match day. We have got some great attacking backs and if we can get the ball out to them then they can be very dangerous.”
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