Aug 29, 2018
Quartet awarded England Women's sevens contracts
Four Saracens Women players have been awarded England sevens contract for the upcoming 2018/19 season.
Emma Uren, who captained England Women Under-20s earlier this year in the side’s first victory over France, and Helena Rowland were both part of Sarries’ Tyrrells Premier 15s success last season and have progressed through the performance pathway to the squad having represented England in age grade teams.
Claire Allan adds experience to the team having represented Team GB at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, so too does Deborah Fleming, a Commonwealth bronze medallist,
The women’s squad will move from its present base at Bisham Abbey to join the men’s set-up at The Lensbury in Teddington from 1st September. This will provide both the men’s and women’s squads the opportunity to share facilities and best practice.
England Women Sevens head coach James Bailey said: “There’s a real excitement about the squad and confidence in this talented group of players. What we have looked at is bringing together a group who will allow us to play a unique style of sevens. While we have a number of experienced names, we have some talented athletes who started their sporting careers outside of rugby.
“There are a huge number of positive opportunities that await us this season, especially as we move to the Lensbury where we will be able to share best practice between ourselves and the men’s team, building on the existing links and creating a closer alliance between the two squads.”
Rowland (Loughborough University) and Uren (St Mary’s University, Twickenham) will all study part-time as well as taking up squad contracts.
England Women's Sevens Squad
Lizzie Adam*, Holly Aitchison, Claire Allan, Jess Breach, Abbie Brown, Abi Burton*, Heather Fisher, Deborah Fleming, Emma Hardy*, Natasha Hunt, Megan Jones, Ellie Kildunne*, Alex Matthews, Celia Quansah*, Helena Rowland*, Emily Scarratt, Emma Uren*
*new to squad