- England Women's Sevens to take on Europe’s best in Romania this weekend
- Fran Matthews called up in place of Katherine Merchant
The England Women’s squad to compete in the European Sevens this weekend in Bucharest, Romania, (July 16 and 17) has been announced.
England Sevens Head Coach Barry Maddocks has made one change to the squad that won the Newquay Sevens two weeks ago with Richmond wing Fran Matthews coming into the squad in place of Katherine Merchant.
The likes of Heather Fisher, Danielle Waterman, Alice Richardson and Michaela Staniford are the experienced heads in the squad, with Jenny Brightmore, Lydia Thompson and Kay Wilson also looking to continue their progress on the sevens ladder.
Staniford and Sonia Green will co-captain England.
Maddocks said: "This squad is an exciting mix of players to develop and players with proven sevens experience. For some of our players this will be their first international sevens experience and it will be great to see how they perform in this sort of environment. We certainly have some young players with a lot of talent.
"Then we have the likes of Danielle and Heather who will no doubt bring some real experience to the side. It is also great to be able to welcome Fran into the squad after she had a good outing for the RFUW Development Team at Newquay. She has a lot of XV’s experience, but is still a raw talent when it comes to sevens so it will be good to see how she develops."
England, who won the European Plate title a year ago, will play Romania, Sweden, Italy, defending champions Spain and Germany in the pool stages.
"Certainly this tournament is going to be a big step up from Rugby Rocks, the West Country Sevens and the Newquay Sevens," added Maddocks. "Spain are the reigning champions and will no doubt be a tough proposition while I think Italy will also be very strong."
England Sevens Squad
Jenny Brightmore (Worcester)
Heather Fisher (Worcester)
Sonia Green (Saracens)
Sarah Guest (Worcester)
Francesca Matthews (Richmond)
Alice Richardson (Richmond)
Michaela Staniford (Wasps)
Lydia Thompson (Worcester)
Danielle Waterman (Worcester)
Kay Wilson (Richmond)
England fixtures at European Sevens
Saturday, July 16
England v Romania, KO 8am BST
England v Sweden, KO 1140am BST
England v Italy, KO 220pm BST
England v Spain, KO 420pm BST
Sunday, July 17
England v Germany, KO 840am BST
Knock out stages TBC