England Sevens head coach James Bailey has made two changes to his women’s sevens side to compete at the Langford Sevens in Canada on May 11 and 12.
Bailey has brought in veterans Deborah Fleming and Heather Fisher for the fifth leg of the women’s HSBC World Sevens Series after they missed England’s runners-up performance at the Kitakyushu Sevens in Japan because of injury.
While Bailey is happy to have two experienced players back in the squad, it comes at the cost of losing exciting youngsters Emma Hardy and Lizzie Adams.
“To have Deborah and Heather back in the squad for this tournament is a great boost and they’ve both worked really hard getting themselves back to fitness and are raring to go,” Bailey was quoted saying by England Rugby.
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“While it’s tough for Lizzie Adam and Emma Hardy to miss out after performing well in Japan helping the side to that second place finish, it’s testament to the competition we have within the squad and the players are all really pushing each other for places.
“As a squad we were proud of the achievement in Japan and we want to build on that and take the positives from our performance going into Langford.
“This group of players has been really resilient over the past weeks and months and I cannot fault the work rate of everyone involved. We’re at the start of an exciting journey and we want to go out to Canada and put in some more good performances as a squad.”
England are seventh on the HSBC Rugby Women’s world series after four tournaments on 37 points, three points ahead of eight placed Russia and one points behind sixth placed Ireland.
England squad for Langford Sevens: Holly Aitchison, Abbie Brown (captain), Abi Burton, Heather Fisher, Deborah Fleming, Megan Jones, Ellie Kildunne, Alex Matthews, Celia Quansah, Helena Rowland, Emma Uren, Amy Wilson Hardy.
Main photo: Deborah Fleming (left) and Heather Fisher. Credit: England Rugby