Team England head coach James Bailey has named his squad that will compete at the inaugural women’s rugby sevens tournament at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, Australia (13th – 15th April) which includes current Loughborough Lightning player Meg Jones and ex Loughborough student Claire Allan.
Jones will travel to Brisbane in the forthcoming weeks to begin preparations for the upcoming games. Currently balancing her training with her studies Jones, who played her part in England’s runner-up finish at the recent World Cup, is currently on a full-time professional England 7s contract.
A final year Sports Science and Sport Management student at Loughborough University, Jones was a traveling reserve for Team GB at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, despite being just 19 years of age at the time. One year on Jones has matured into a fine young player in both formats of the game, starting at outside centre in the World Cup final having scored a great try in the semi-final victory over France.
Lightning Head Coach Rhys Edwards was eager to share his pride in Jones’ selection;
“It’s great to see Meg get selected for the Commonwealth Games. Her Rugby journey has been fantastic, seeing her play the game as a teenager you could see that she was going to be a huge star of the game. This selection shows again her dedication and ability to perform at the highest stage. It’s no accident that she will I’m sure play a big part in Team England bid for success.”
England are drawn in Pool B and will kick off the opening day against Fiji, before facing Australia. On day two England face Wales in their last pool game.
James Bailey, Team England head coach today said: “We are really looking forward to competing at the Commonwealth Games in April. As a new squad, the players and management have worked tremendously hard to bring this squad together and also transition the experienced 15s players back to sevens within in a short time frame.
“We have really benefited and developed a lot from competing on the World Series and at numerous invitational tournaments, against some of the best teams in the world, in order to be ready for this tournament.
“We have a lot of incredibly talented, world class players in this side who are willing to work exceptionally hard for each other – and it’s that level of dedication and commitment that we’re hoping will bring success at the Games.”
Team England Women Sevens squad for 2018 Commonwealth Games:
Abbie Brown ©
Amy Wilson Hardy
Travelling reserve: Vicky Fleetwood
Report courtesy of Loughborough Lightning