England’s women to use Six Nations to launch bid to win Rugby World Cup ahead of Scotland opener

England’s women are told to use the Six Nations as a launchpad to help them win the Rugby World Cup by Rachael Burford as they prepare to face Scotland

  • England’s women are targeting Six Nations and World Cup glory in 2022
  • Simon Middleton’s team face Scotland in their Six Nations opener
  • Rachael Burford says event should be used to lay World Cup foundations

England have been tipped to use this year’s Six Nations as a launch pad for a successful World Cup challenge.

Simon Middleton’s team are targeting the double in 2022 by securing the European and global crowns.

They kick off their campaign against Scotland on Saturday and former centre Rachael Burford believes now is the time to lay the foundations.

England take on Scotland in Edinburgh in their opening match of the Six Nations

‘England are clearly the favourites,’ Burford told the Evening Standard. 

‘They’re on an 18-match winning streak and going for a hat-trick of Grand Slams. 

‘They’ve been missing some of their big names but Emily Scarrett is back and the boost that her presence brings, with her experience, calmness and composure, can’t be overstated.

Coach Simon Middleton will be expected to use the event to prepare for the World Cup

Coach Simon Middleton will be expected to use the event to prepare for the World Cup

‘But this is the Six Nations with a World Cup in mind.

‘I expect England coach Simon Middleton to embed a few other players for the opening games before settling on the side that we’ll see for the most part at the World Cup against Ireland and France.’

Former England fly-half Katy Daley-Mclean, who won 116 caps for her country, said: ‘France and England will be the dominant sides in the tournament. England look sharp. With the depth in the squad, there is some really bright talent.’