The 25-year-old is leading the Red Roses’ fight for a third consecutive league title and the Grand Slam will be the perfect set-up for the world’s number one team ahead of the Women’s Rugby World Cup in New Zealand this fall.
Former Scarborough RUFC junior player Oldcroft has been a colossal figure behind striker Simon Middleton and, despite world recognition boosting her confidence, insists that personal praise be banished from her thoughts.
“It was amazing and I honestly couldn’t believe I won it. It was a moment that I will remember forever,” she said, reflecting on her December triumph.
“But I don’t think too much about it, to be honest. I’m just focusing on playing every game and hopefully doing what I usually do and making this tournament a success for the team.”
The defending champions will face a tough test on the first Saturday against a resilient Scottish side that just won 59-3 against Colombia to secure their first World Cup spot in 12 years.
And despite a comfortable 52-10 home win last year, Oldcroft knows the Old Enemy will be a crucible when they head to Dam Health Stadium in the first round.
She added: “They have just qualified for the World Cup in Dubai, so they will be at their peak right now.
“I think it’s going to be a really competitive game in Edinburgh and we’re really looking forward to the start of Six Nations.”
England’s staggering unbeaten streak is now an incredible 18 games after two record wins over the reigning world champions the Black Ferns, as well as record wins over the US and Canada. Despite maintaining their aura of invincibility, Oldcroft revealed that England still had areas where they would like to improve their skills ahead of the start of the championship.
“We’re looking to build on our performances in the fall, it’s about picking up from where we left them, which was pretty high, but we knew we had more to work on,” said Oldcroft, who felt like a captain for the first time. international team in an 89-0 victory over the United States in November, but will return the headband to Sarah Hunter this campaign.
“There are a lot of leadership and communication things on the pitch that we’re really working on at the moment and hopefully we can implement that during the Six Nations and the World Cup in New Zealand.”
The Red Roses won last year’s shortened Six Nations Women’s Tournament thanks to a narrow 10-6 victory over France in the final, and while Oldcroft knows the team shouldn’t get ahead of themselves, she admits a trip to Bayonne in the final round of matches is thrown in the eye as a potential championship decider.
Oldcroft said: “We’re keeping this game in mind, but it’s about playing every week as it comes in, focusing on that team this week and not looking too far ahead.
“We do have France at heart and it will be a big challenge to finish.”
With the arrival of TikTok as the first title sponsor of the Women’s Six Nations Championship, as well as the return of fans and hosting the full Championship in its own separate window outside of the Men’s and Youth Championships, players like Oldcroft will have plenty to do in 2022.
She said: “I don’t think there is any other place where we could get the amount of information that TikTok will bring us, I hope it will be good for the next generation.”
“It’s amazing that Six Nations stadiums are sold out again. Our fans are amazing in England and the more support we get, the more we enjoy putting on a show for everyone who supports us.
“And hopefully the supporters who follow the Guinness Six Nations men can now come and support us on TikTok’s Six Nations of Women as it’s an extended Six Nations for everyone basically!”
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