Abbie Scott admits it feels special to play alongside fellow former Keswick School student Cath O’Donnell for England’s women’s rugby team.

Keswick’s Scott and fellow Cumbrian O’Donnell played their part as the Red Roses sealed a ninth Six Nations Grand Slam on Saturday, thumping Scotland 80-0 at Twickenham.

The sides played in front of a women’s record crowd of 13,278 fans, having already attracted a non-World Cup record crowd for an England home fixture of 10,545 supporters at Exeter's Sandy Park in the 55-0 success against Italy earlier in the tournament.

“It was an amazing weekend and it was amazing to be part of it,” said 25-year-old Scott. “For most of the squad, it was their first Six Nations win because we are quite a young squad.

“I think the whole of the Six Nations, where they took us on the road from Doncaster down to Exeter and to finish at Twickenham in front of another record crowd, illustrates how much the game has grown.

“[But] it’s now up to us to as players to put the performances on the pitch [to keep fans coming back].”

Scott, who also attended Sedbergh School, was one of seven Harlequins Ladies players in Simon Middleton’s ranks alongside top try-scorer Jess Breach, Vickii Cornborough, Shaunagh Brown, Leanne Riley, Rachael Burford and Emily Scott.

They will now be switching their focus back to club matters when they play Darlington Mowden Park Sharks tomorrow (2pm kick-off), before they face Gloucester-Hartpury in “The Game Changer” next Saturday at The Stoop.

Scott said: “I think, when we have our stand-alone games, it helps to attract a good crowd. But we are now having that extra push with ‘The Game Changer’.

"It’s a whole family day. Last year, it was amazing, but the internationals were all on duty. So, I’m looking forward to being involved this year.”

Meanwhile, on enjoying national success with her club-mates, Scott said: “It’s really special because you are playing with your club-mates but they are also your mates.

"There were lots of other Harlequins players involved in the Six Nations, too [with Jade Konkel and Deborah McCormack playing for Scotland]. It’s now about getting back together and playing together again.”

Scott, who was handed a professional deals for the 2019 season along with O’Donnell, praised her team-mate from Maryport who plays her club rugby for Loughborough Lightning.

“It’s really nice. I have a lot of time for Cath,” she said. “We went to the same school, so to play for England together was pretty special.”

In the men’s game, meanwhile, England’s Cumbrian flanker Mark Wilson is ready to fly back into club action with Newcastle Falcons when they play at St James’ Park.

Gallagher Premiership bottom side Newcastle Falcons play host to Sale Sharks tomorrow evening (5.30pm kick-off) in a game which has been dubbed “The Big One”, looking to build on wins over Wasps and Worcester.

Wilson, who began his junior career at Penrith, told Falcons' website: “I’m back with the lads, which I’m really excited about.

“There’s a great buzz around the club, everyone is really positive and the atmosphere is just one of excitement rather than anything else.

"As expected I’ve been getting a bit of grief from the lads, the usual dodgy chat, but it’s all good fun and I’m just enjoying being back in the mix.

“I’m desperate to add to the team in any way I can but they’ve won their last two without me, and I’ve been following the games as much as I can while I’ve been away. I’ve seen all the matches on video and kept in touch with the club.

"The feedback around the last couple in particular has been really positive and it’s great to see the boys doing well again. We’re back on the up and we need to keep it going.”