There was a sign by the lake at the Hurlingham club in London yesterday, the venue for the 2017 RBS Six nations launch.
As I headed across the spacious grounds, the frozen icy mist swirled, and out of the gloom rose a giant figure in red, no supernatural entity this,but rather Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones emerging from the ethereal darkness with accompanying film crew.
Eddie Jones arrived sporting a black eye to which he gave several explanations as to the cause, in the end we were all none the wiser.
This years captains photo call feature the men and women together, a welcome sign of the times and of the development of the women’s game, the fact that it took place in a bike shed is something we will gloss over.
The consummate Mr Cotter took it in his stride, as he did last year.
All the other captains , both men and women espoused the usual virtues of taking one game at a time, but there was no doubting their enthusiasm and excitement at being part of the greatest rugby tournament in the world.
With the Women’s rugby World Cup being held in Ireland, in August, these matches will take on an even greater significance.
There is no doubt that the women’s international game is on the verge of something big.
A poignant step that went almost unnoticed at the launch, was the captains photo call which this year featured the men and women captains together.
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