- Six changes for England Women after London Sevens victory
- Katy McLean to captain Barry Maddocks' side in Amsterdam
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England Women have made six changes to the squad that lifted the London Sevens crown at Twickenham on Sunday for the final round of the IRB World Series this week in Amsterdam (May 17-18).
Katy McLean will captain England with Richmond’s Claire Allan being handed the vice-captaincy armband. Maddocks also recalls Kay Wilson, Emily Scott, Ruth Laybourn, Abigail Chamberlain and Natasha Brennan while Wasps’ Sonia Green will make her first start for England Sevens in a year.
Maddocks said: “Our result in London at the weekend was fantastic but this will be a very different looking squad heading to Amsterdam for the final round of the World Series.
“It is really important that at this time of year, with the Rugby World Cup getting closer and closer, that as many of our players get more game time under their belts and are given the opportunity to put their hands up for World Cup selection again.”
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England head into this weekend’s final round sitting second in the series ranking but know they can only topple leaders New Zealand if their rivals fail to make the semi finals.
England face Canada, who they defeated 17-12 in the London semi final at the weekend, South Africa and France in the pool stages whilst New Zealand will play the Netherlands, Russia and China.
“There’s no doubt that our pool will be very tough especially as this is a different looking Sevens squad who have not played together much previously,” added Maddocks. “Canada obviously tested us in London, holding us to 12-12 until the dying minutes of the semi-finals, whilst South Africa and France are very different teams that will challenge us in different ways.”
England Sevens squad for Amsterdam Sevens
Claire Allan (VC) (Richmond)
Sonia Green (Saracens)
Natasha Brennan (Wasps)
Rachael Burford (Thurrock)
Abigail Chamberlain (Richmond)
Ruth Laybourn (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks)
Francesca Matthews (Richmond)
Alexandra Matthews (Richmond)
Katy McLean (C) (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks)
Marlie Packer (Bristol)
Emily Scott (Thurrock)
Kay Wilson (Bristol)
Amsterdam Sevens Schedule
Day 1 (all GMT)
9:44am England v South Africa
12.28pm England v France
3.12pm England v Canada