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VIDEO - Maddocks named first England Women’s Sevens Head Coach

08 May 2012

  • Barry Maddocks appointed as full time England Women’s Sevens Head Coach
  • Maddocks to lead England into 2013 RWC Sevens and beyond

Barry Maddocks has been appointed to the newly created position of full time England Women’s Sevens Head Coach.

Maddocks, who has been coaching the England Women’s Sevens team on a sessional basis, will now join Gary Street and Graham Smith as part of the England Women’s coaching team which is overseen by RFUW Head of Performance Nicola Ponsford.

Applicants numbered 45 from around the world for the position, which will see the Head Coach lead England into the 2013 Rugby World Cup Sevens in Russia; participate in an IRB Women’s World Sevens Series next season; and help build towards Rugby Sevens’ inclusion in the 2016 Olympics Games in Rio de Janeiro.

The shortlisted candidates underwent a rigorous interview process with Gary Street, England Women’s Head Coach, Nigel Redman, RFU Elite Coach Development Manager and Ben Ryan, England Men’s Sevens Head Coach on the interview panel.

"The level of applicants for this role was very high and we are delighted that Barry has agreed to join us," said Ponsford. "Barry was outstanding in the interview process and was the stand out candidate for us, demonstrating his excellent knowledge of Sevens.

"This full time appointment underlines our commitment to Sevens as well as XVs Rugby. Barry will be joining a well-established EPS team and his specific in depth knowledge in Sevens will certainly help shape our team."

Ryan added: "Barry was an outstanding candidate in a very competitive field and I’d like to wish him and the England Women’s sevens team every success in the coming years. They’ve made great progress this season and their performances in Dubai and in Hong Kong were outstanding. There’s a strong bond between our two teams and we look forward to continuing to work closely with Barry, his staff and players."

England Women's Sevens Head Coach Barry Maddocks (L) with his victorious squad in Hong Kong

Photo: Getty Images

Maddocks has already tasted success with the England Women’s Sevens team, leading them to two finals in the IRB Women’s Challenge Cup Sevens in Dubai and Hong Kong. In Dubai, a young England side finished second to Canada, but in Hong Kong in March England lifted the title when they saw off world champions Australia 15-10.

Maddocks, who is currently in camp with the England Women’s team ahead of this weekend’s Marriott London Sevens and the final round of the IRB Women’s Challenge Cup, said: "This is a really exciting opportunity for me. Women’s international Sevens is gathering at a great pace following the introduction of the IRB Women’s Challenge Cup programme and then the World Cup next year, and looking further ahead with the sport’s inclusion in the Olympics in 2016.

"I am delighted to be joining a well-established and extremely talented coaching team and looking forward to getting the best out of all our England players in both Sevens and XVs. We already have a talented pool of players, but we are constantly looking to develop our players, including our future stars of tomorrow, and by boosting our coaching set-up we can continue to do that."

You can buy tickets for the Marriott London Sevens via RFU.com, with weekend tickets from £30, with single day tickets from £18 and kids tickets from £5 each day.