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McKenna & Hancock called up to England Women’s Sevens squad

16 May 2012

  • New look England squad for Amsterdam Sevens
  • Wilson and Fisher ruled out through injury
Rachael Burford in action for England Sevens

Photo: Getty Images

England Women’s Sevens Head Coach Barry Maddocks has called up Sarah McKenna and Kate Hancock to the England squad to compete in the Amsterdam Sevens this weekend.

Wasps’ McKenna was part of the squad that lifted the IRB Challenge Cup Sevens at Twickenham Stadium last weekend, while Kate Hancock is a newcomer to the squad. Hancock has progressed through the RFUW Divisional Programme and the RFUW Sevens Development Squad.

McKenna and Hancock replace Heather Fisher and Kay Wilson who both picked up injuries at the weekend. Saracens’ Sonia Green will captain the side, taking 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 also be looking to build on their experiences with England in Dubai.

12 international teams 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.

Maddocks said: "It is obviously frustrating for both Heather and Kay that they have been ruled out through injury, but in Sarah and Kate we have two exciting young players. Sarah put in another good performance at Twickenham at the weekend while Kate has proved herself in the RFUW Sevens Development Squad and also impressed at the recent RFUW Open Sevens Trials.

"This is a very different looking squad to the team that won in London, but it is important that we use our wide pool of players and develop our squad as much as possible ahead of the Rugby World Cup Sevens next year."

England Women's Sevens Squad

Abigail Chamberlain (Richmond)
Natasha Brennan (Wasps)
Jennifer Brightmore (Worcester)
Rachael Burford (Richmond)
Sonia Green (C) (Saracens)
Kate Hancock (Plymouth Albion (on loan to Worcester))
Natasha Hunt (Lichfield)
Katie Mason (Bristol)
Sarah McKenna (Wasps)
Alice Richardson (Richmond)
Leanne Riley (Saracens)
Emily Scott (Thurrock)