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Rugby - 29. October 2008.

England 7's embark on road to iRB Rugby World Cup

England Women’s 7s Head Coach Simon Amor has today (Tuesday) announced his training squad for the 2008/2009 season, which will see England compete in the inaugural iRB Women’s Rugby World Cup 7s in Dubai (March 5-7).


The 20-player squad features six players who starred in England’s XV aside 2006 iRB Women’s Rugby World Cup Final, including two former England captains in Sue Day and Jo Yapp.


The England long squad will be looking to impress Amor ahead of the World Cup in March with good performances in the Dubai 7s in November and the San Diego 7s in February. England head into this season on the back of a clean sweep of tournament wins in 2008, which included the Amsterdam 7s, the London Emirates Airline 7s and the Home Nations Cup.


Amor, the former England men’s 7s captain, said: “I am really happy with the strength and balance we have got in this squad. I have also brought in some exciting new 7s players in Maggie Alphonsi and Sarah Beale, who I think have the potential to make a big impact.


“The players’ progress last season was particularly pleasing, but we have got a big challenge ahead of this season. The likes of New Zealand, the USA and Canada, know what to expect from us now and I am sure they’ve been working very hard to up their game ahead of Dubai, San Diego and the Rugby World Cup. This is of course a huge year for us.”


England 7s squad 2008/2009


Claire Allan                Saracens

Margaret Alphonsi    Saracens

Charlotte Barras        Saracens

Sarah  Beale              Lichfield

Rachael Burford        Saracens

Sue Day                     Wasps

Heather Fisher          Wasps

Sonia Green             Saracens

Emma Layland          Richmond

Vicky Massarella       Saracens

Katherine Merchant  Worcester

Alice Richardson       Richmond

Georgina Roberts     Darlington Mowden Park Sharks

Gemma Sharples      Worcester

Michaela Staniford    Wasps

Amy Turner                Richmond

Danielle Waterman   Blaydon Team Northumbria

Joanne Yapp             Worcester



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