Six Nations 2019: England CAN do the Grand Slam as Red Roses look for historic Twickenham title

KATY DALEY-MCLEAN has finally had a Grand Slam week when she hasn't had to worry about working enough hours as a school teacher to pay the mortgage.

England's centurion fly-half was one of 28 players handed life-changing professional contracts in January.

In less than three months, the girls are looking to repay their Twickenham paymasters with the 2019 Six Nations title.

For the first time in her career, Daley-Mclean hasn't been squeezing weights sessions and recovery in and around her old day job at a primary school.

And ahead of facing Scotland after the men's Calcutta Cup clash, she said: "To be professional now is massive.

"When you get home from camp you don't have to worry about work anymore and can relax. You don't need to cram weight sessions and recovery into your week.

"It makes things much easier off the pitch, but on it there is now more pressure as you are accountable to your bosses.

"But when you get home you can have a coffee, have time to do your laundry and not have to worry about if I have done enough teaching work to still pay the mortgage.

"The girls coming though like Jess Breach and Zoe Harrison – they are the future and are now fully professional athletes. I would love to be their age again and doing it all.

"But I was chatting to one of the girls the other week and talking about the stuff we did. We would go and play an invitational game at the Dubai 7s, then into the Six Nations in January time.


"So we have also got to do a bit of everything and I wouldn't change anything."

One more win will get them over the line and do what Eddie Jones' squad couldn't.

Just last week they smashed Italy in front of a record crowd at Exeter Chiefs' Sandy Park.

And Daley-Mclean told any sceptical Red Rose fans to stay at Twickenham and watch them in action, instead of making lazy accusations that the women's game isn't as entertaining as the men's.

The 2014 World Cup winner said: "If you like your rugby, then come and watch us after the boys. Then you can make an opinion on our game.

"I think that standard has improved drastically in the Six Nations, so this Slam would mean more. And if we did it at Twickenham too, the home of rugby, it doesn't get any bigger than that for us.

"We have to keep our emotions in check though and we all know that Scotland we will to spoil the party. The crowd we got in

Exeter, you don't normally get to play in front of crowds like that unless it's in France or a World Cup. So that's very overwhelming.

"To get that kind of support just shows the interest there is."

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