- Sonia Green to captain England at Amsterdam Sevens
- Natasha Brennan and Katie Mason to make their England Sevens debut
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The England Women’s squad to compete in the Amsterdam Sevens on May 19 and 20 has been announced.
Saracens’ Sonia Green will captain the side who head to Holland straight after this weekend’s IRB Women’s Challenge Cup at the Marriott London Sevens. Green takes over the captaincy armband from Wasps’ Michaela Staniford, who is being rested for this tournament.
Also new to the England squad are Wasps’ Natasha Brennan and Bristol’s Katie Mason. The duo join a line-up mixed with experience and youth. The likes of Jenny Brightmore and Emily Scott will be looking to build on their experiences with England in Dubai while Heather Fisher, Alice Richardson and Rachael Burford are among senior playing group.
Teams from 12 countries will compete for the coveted Amsterdam Sevens crown and England will face the USA, South Africa and Wales in Pool A. Pool B pits Canada, Spain, France and newcomers Ireland against each other, with the final pool seeing the hosts take on Australia, Germany and Scotland.
New England Women’s Sevens Head Coach Barry Maddocks said: "We have mixed up our sevens squad for this tournament. It is important that we give as many of our players a chance to develop at this level and that is what we are doing for the Amsterdam Sevens. It will be an important experience for our less experienced players to taste international rugby at this level and the pressure it brings.
"This will be a tough pool with the USA, South Africa and Wales all in the mix. Wales will certainly be looking to put in a good performance ahead of the 2013 Rugby World Cup Sevens qualifying tournament later this year, while the USA have been regulars in the knock out stages of the IRB Women’s Challenge Cup tournaments and South Africa have also pushed us close in recent games."
England Sevens Squad for Amsterdam
Abigail Chamberlain (Richmond)
Natasha Brennan (Wasps)
Jennifer Brightmore (Worcester)
Rachael Burford (Richmond)
Heather Fisher (Worcester)
Sonia Green (C) (Saracens)
Natasha Hunt (Lichfield)
Katie Mason (Bristol)
Alice Richardson (Richmond)
Leanne Riley (Saracens)
Emily Scott (Thurrock)
Kay Wilson (Bristol)