Source: Mike Lee, KLC Fotos

Claire Allan returns to England 7s squad for Kazan

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James Bailey has named his squad for the second and final leg of the Rugby Europe Women’s Grand Prix Series in Kazan, Russia this weekend (8-9 July, live on
Bailey makes one change to the squad that placed 4th in the first leg of the Rugby Europe Women’s Grand Prix Series in Malemort in June.

Claire Allan (Photo: England Rugby)

England and Team GB player Claire Allan returns to sevens joining fellow Olympians Jo Richardson-Watmore, Alice Richardson-Watmore and Heather Fisher. Millie Wood, who was nominated as World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series Rookie player of the year, is again named in the side travelling to Kazan.

England are drawn in Pool C alongside Sweden, Poland and Ireland, kicking-off against Sweden, who took home the Rugby Europe Women’s Grand Prix Series Challenge Trophy in Malemort, on Saturday at 9.50am BST.

England Women Sevens coach James Bailey said: “We have full confidence in the side selected which combines the experience of players who have played in major tournaments such as the Olympics, with younger players who have made their mark this season and bring a lot of energy to the side.

“Going into Kazan it’s now about translating what we have been working on over the past season into consistent performances across the weekend that deliver results.”

The top two teams across both legs of the Rugby Europe Women’s Grand Prix Series, based on an amalgamation of points, will secure a place in the Rugby World Cup Sevens in July 2018.

The two-part European series provides England with their final chance to qualify for the Rugby World Cup Sevens. England currently sit in fourth position, behind qualified teams Russia and France, with Ireland in third going into the second leg of the series.

England Women Sevens squad, Kazan
Jo Richardson-Watmore
Chantelle Miell
Heather Fisher
Holly Aitchison
Alice Richardson-Watmore ©
Millie Wood
Deborah Fleming
Olivia Jones
Natasha Brennan
Katie Mason
Claire Allan
Kelly Smith

Schedule Pool C (all times in BST and games available via

Saturday 8 July

v Sweden, 09.50am
v Poland, 12.35pm
v Ireland, 3.20pm
Report courtesy of England Rugby