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Following the success of last year’s England Women Open Sevens Trials, the Rugby Football Union for Women (RFUW) will once again host open trials in April in a bid to unearth some new rugby talent.
Twelve months ago, 85 players attended the open trials and eight players, who had never played rugby for England before, were selected into the Elite Player Squad.
England went on to compete in five tournaments last year, picking up a championship win in the European Sevens and reaching the final of the inaugural Women’s Sevens Challenge Cup in Dubai.
With sevens rugby now on the Olympic agenda, and set to make its debut in 2016 at the Rio de Janeiro Games, the sport is going from strength to strength. This season there will be two further Women’s Sevens Challenge Cup Series tournaments in Hong Kong (March 23-24) and London (May 12-13) and there are plans to establish an IRB Women’s Sevens World Series in time for the start of the 2012/13 season.
The England Sevens trials will be held on April 21 at Surrey Sports Park in Guildford and the trials are completely open. Players do not need a huge amount of Sevens experience and 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.
“We think there are players outside of our current system with huge amounts of talent who we’ve never seen before," said Nicola Ponsford, the RFUW’s Head of Performance.
"Some of these players may only just have started playing at University or College for example, but have the potential to become fantastic players. We really want anyone who has a great level of fitness or rugby skills to come along and show us what they can do. This really is a chance to unearth new talent.”
If selected into the Elite Player Squad or Sevens development pathway, players will receive strength and conditioning training, one-on-one coaching and the opportunity to train with England’s top sevens coaches.
Players will also have the opportunity to be selected for the England Sevens programme which this season includes the London Sevens, the European Women’s Sevens series and the 2013 WRWC Sevens Qualification tournament amongst other high profile championships.
To submit your application to attend the open trials go to: https://secure.jotform.com/form/20522116373.
Entries must be received by April 13.