Drybrook's Ceri Large's England Women Six Nations shirt incentive
DRYBROOK’S Ceri Large wants to hang on to the England Women’s number ten shirt for the rest of the Six Nations.
With the majority of the squad in America for the Sevens tour, Large made her fifth and sixth England starts in the 76-0 win over Scotland and Saturday’s 25-0 defeat in Ireland.
The fixture schedule is due to take a break this weekend but the 22-year-old hopes to be involved against France on February 23 when the tournament resumes.
“A lot of the girls are out with the Sevens at the minute so it gives people a chance to step up and show the coaches what they can do,” said Large.
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“Everyone wants to fill the shirt that has been left behind.
“There are a lot of younger girls than me in the squad so I am one of the more experienced players which sounds a bit weird because I started the tournament with only 11 caps.
“But that makes me one of the more experienced backs that we have actually got.
“Being more experienced I feel a lot more comfortable in the back line now than I would say when a lot of the Sevens girls are normally here.
“Hopefully I will keep the starting shirt for the rest of the games and it will be nice to play at Twickenham against France.”
Large helped England thrash Scotland by scoring two tries in the Championship opener and she ranked the experience as the number one game in her career.
The Scotland game was just her 12th cap overall after making her debut for the senior side back in November 2011 against France.
The Worcester playmaker got her first Six Nations start last February when she helped England beat Italy and featured off the replacements’ bench in the other five fixtures.
After starting against Spain, Italy and France last summer in the European Cup and then coming off the bench against world champions New Zealand last November, Large said it was a great experience.
“It was a really good feeling to go through with everyone else. It was awesome,” she added.
“We had a good set of forwards to play behind, who make my job 100 times easier, so it was really good.
“That was probably my number one game, it has got to be really.
“I started against Italy last season in the Six Nations but it was not as big as the game against Scotland.
“Then we had the European games in the summer which I had three starts in but that was more of an England A side last year so Scotland was my main start so it means more.”