Scarratt buzzing to lead England into Championship decider

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Emily Scarratt is excited at the prospect of facing France in the Championship decider.
Emily Scarratt is excited at the prospect of facing France in the Championship decider.

Centurion Emily Scarratt can’t wait to lead England into TikTok Women’s Six Nations title decider battle against France after earning her 100th cap on a ‘mad day’ last weekend.

The Loughborough Lightning centre scored ten points as England ran in 11 tries to win 69-0 against Ireland and return to the top of the Championship standings in front of another record crowd at Mattioli Woods Welford Road.

Both England and France are eyeing up Grand Slam success in Bayonne today, with both teams sitting pretty with a perfect 20 points from 20, very much making the match at the Stade Jean Dauger a winner-takes-all game in what is essentially a final.

Scarratt, 32, will captain the side after Sarah Hunter picked up an injury and is relishing the prospect of the Super Saturday showdown.

Appearing on the Nick & Mo Show, she said: “I’m pretty happy with where things are, you always want to have as many involvements in games as possible, there’s always stuff that I will not be happy with, but that’s kind of the same for my entire career, so that won’t change.

“I think the biggest test will be this weekend against the other top side in the Six Nations.

“You’ve got to step up, you’ve got to bring it in those pressure games.

“They’re going to be a tough hostile crowd out there, which always makes things tough, but they’re the tests you want, you want to play in the big matches when it really matters.”

Speaking about receiving her 100th cap, Scarratt described it as a ‘mad day’ as she almost showed a rare glimpse of emotion upon reaching such an achievement.

When asked whether she had processed such an occasion, the Midlands star said: “Yes and no, obviously heading straight back onto the road puts you back into reality, but it was a mad, mad day, I could not have imagined it like that.

“Everyone was asking me, are you going to get emotional? I’m not a crazy emotional person but when I saw my dad, I was like oh here we go, because he’s really soft, he’s the soft one of the family.

“So I think because of the nature of how it was done, obviously there was a big crowd of people that were still on the pitch, but nobody really said anything.

“If someone were to have made a speech and said some words that probably would have got me, but it was very cool to have the family there, it was very cool to have the extended family and stuff there as well, so yeah it was very special."

The TikTok Women’s Six Nations is more accessible than ever before. To find out how you can watch the Women’s Championship visit: womens.sixnationsrugby.com/tv/

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