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England Women Sevens squad named for Paris

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James Bailey has named his 12-player squad for the final leg of the HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series which takes place in Paris from 8-9 June (live on Sky Sports and live stream via WorldRugby.org).

Abbie Brown will captain the side which includes a number of players who contributed towards England’s bronze medal success at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games earlier this season.

Claire Allan, Emily Scarratt, Holly Aitchinson and Amy Wilson Hardy all make their return to the squad after recovering from injury, while Lydia Thompson will miss the Paris leg due to illness.

England have been drawn in Pool A and will kick off the first day of the tournament with games against New Zealand, Ireland and Wales at the Stade Jean-Bouin.

“We were unfortunate to lose some talented and experienced players through injury over the past couple of months so it’s really pleasing to have the likes of Claire, Emily, Holly and Amy re-join the squad for this final leg of the World Series,” said England Women Sevens head coach James Bailey.

“As a squad that came together in a relatively short space of time I am really proud of what has been achieved and of the continuous effort and attitude that the squad have demonstrated throughout the season.

“The group has trained exceptionally hard since the last tournament in Langford where we saw some promising performances against some really tough teams.

“Paris is a pivotal competition for us with it being the last major event before the Rugby World Cup Sevens in July so we’re really looking forward to seeing what the team can deliver out there this weekend.”

The HSBC Paris Sevens is the sixth and final leg of the World Series in which the England Women Sevens are currently ranked eighth.

Following the HSBC Paris Sevens the England squad will return to their training base at Bisham Abbey where they will begin preparations for the Rugby World Cup Sevens which takes place 20-22 July in San Francisco.

England Women Sevens squad for HSBC Paris Sevens:

Holly Aitchinson
Claire Allan
Abbie Brown ©
Heather Fisher
Victoria Fleetwood
Deborah Fleming
Alex Matthews
Sarah McKenna
Emily Scarratt
Emily Scott
Amy Wilson Hardy
Emily Wood

England’s Pool A fixtures, Friday 8 June (all times BST):

England v New Zealand, 13.04
England v Ireland, 16.06
England v Wales, 18.50

Courtesy of the RFU

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