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Sevens made my international career says Fisher

04 May 2011

  • Fisher urges players to attend RFUW England Sevens trials
  • Trials to take place on May 15 at Surrey Sports Park, Guildford
England flanker Heather Fisher on the run against Scotland in the Six Nations victory at Twickenham

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Sevens rugby is set to make its Olympic bow in Rio in 2016 and Worcester and England flanker Heather Fisher believes the shortened format provides the perfect springboard to greater honours.

With the RFUW hosting open trials for their sevens team at the Surrey Sports Park in Guildford on May 15 at Surrey Sports Park in Guildford, Fisher admits her own development owes a lot to sevens.

The 26-year-old was coached by sevens legend Simon Amor, now in charge at London Scottish, before making the transition into Gary Street’s side. 

"I got my first fifteens starting cap after the World Cup Sevens, so for me, sevens made me the player I am now," said Fisher.

"I feel that sevens is a great stepping-stone to get into the XVs game and the women’s game is growing all the time. So to now have it as a part of the Olympics is brilliant. These trials are certainly a great chance for players to show what they can do and I’m sure there will be a lot of talent on show."

Fisher turned her back on rugby to earn international honours in bobsleigh between 2006 and 2008, but has since made an impressive return to England’s multiple Grand Slam-winning side.

She bagged four tries as England romped to the Six Nations title this year and admits her injury heartache is now behind her. Fisher was cruelly denied her chance to play in last year’s World Cup final defeat to New Zealand when she broke her hand in the semi-final.

England flanker Heather Fisher scores against Scotland in the Six Nations victory at Twickenham

Photo: Getty Images

"Nothing replaces putting the England shirt on and the Six Nations this time around was fantastic,” said Fisher. "I’m a team player – bobsleigh was a very individual pressure. With rugby you have individual responsibilities but you’re playing for the team.

"I love playing for my country and wearing that shirt and playing with my team-mates. Breaking my hand in the world cup semi-final was absolutely devastating but winning the Grand Slam again was worth everything I went through and it’s great to be back in the England ranks."

The England Sevens trials are completely open. You don’t need a huge amount of sevens experience and players can be selected from both inside and outside of the current RFUW Performance Pathways. Those attending trials will be tested on their fitness, rugby skills and game play.

If you are selected into the England Sevens squad, you’ll receive strength and conditioning training, one-on-one coaching and the opportunity to train with England’s top sevens coaches. Plus, of course, represent your country in the England Sevens programme which will see England compete in Rugby Rocks, the West Country Sevens, the Newquay Sevens and the European Sevens later this year.

To submit your application to attend the open trials go to Entries must be received by Saturday, May 7.