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Six Nations winner Wilson called up to England Women’s Sevens squad for Hong Kong

19 March 2012

  • Wilson replaces Roberts
  • Four Six Nations winners in England Sevens squad
Kay Wilson of England runs at Niamh Kavanagh of Ireland during the Womens Six Nations match between England Women and Ireland Women

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Bristol’s Kay Wilson has been called up to the England Women’s Sevens squad to compete in the second IRB Women’s Sevens Challenge Cup this season in Hong Kong on March 23-24.

Wilson, who scored two tries in this season’s Six Nations Grand Slam campaign, replaces Georgina Roberts who picked up an injury in training at the weekend.

20-year-old Wilson, who has 11 caps for England, now joins three other Six Nations winners – Rachael Burford, Isabelle Noel Smith and Michaela Staniford – in a strong Sevens line-up which see’s England looking to emulate their second place finish in the inaugural Dubai IRB Women’s Sevens Challenge Cup in December.

Twelve teams will compete for glory in the Hong Kong Women’s Sevens Challenge Cup with Canada, England, Australia and the USA the top four seeds respectively. Olympic Games 2016 hosts Brazil, Asian Women’s Sevens champions China, the Netherlands and Dubai Plate winners Spain are seeded five to eight. Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013 hosts Russia, Japan, Hong Kong and Tunisia complete the invitational line-up. England have been drawn in Pool B and will face Japan and China in the initial stages.

England Sevens Squad for Hong Kong

Rachael Burford (Richmond)
Abigail Chamberlain (Richmond)
Heather Fisher (Worcester)
Sonia Green (VC) (Saracens)
Sarah Guest (Worcester)
Isabelle Noel-Smith (Bristol)
Alice Richardson (Richmond)
Leanne Riley (Saracens)
Michaela Staniford (C) (Wasps)
Lydia Thompson (Worcester)
Joanne Watmore (Worcester)
Kay Wilson (Bristol)

Hong Kong IRB Women’s Sevens Challenge Cup Schedule

Friday, March 23 2012, Hong Kong Football Club, Happy Valley

910am local time: England v China

1150am local time: England v Japan

14:00 Bowl SF 3rd Pool A v 3rd Pool B

14:40 Plate SF 2nd Pool A v 2nd Pool B

15:00 Plate SF 2nd Pool C v 2nd Pool D

16.40 Bowl FINAL

Hong Kong Football Club – HK Stadium

18:12 PLATE Final, Hong Kong Football Club – HK Stadium

Saturday, March 24 2012, Hong Kong Football Club – HK Stadium

11:42 Cup SF 1st Pool A v 1st Pool B

16:50 CUP Final