The leonas are coming closer to playing their first high performance game in months at the Madrid Rugby 7s International Tournament this February. February 20-21 and February 27-28 are the dates set for this much awaited tournament. Spain’s head coach Pedro de Matias has been all eyes on the squad as they prepare for the coming tournament.
After completing several high intensity camps and two friendly tournaments against Brazil and Poland, teams will arrive on Friday, February 19 at the Complutense Central Stadium where the tournament will be held for the next two weekends. The players have been preparing to make sure they are in the right mindset and are ready for this level of play since the COVID-19 put rugby on hold.
Several players from the Spanish side have had to step up sooner than anticipated with the uncertainty of the future games. It was only recently that World Rugby announced the dates for the HSBC World series, starting with Dubai 7s.
In this current post pandemic situation, the efforts of young stars like Marta Cantabrana, Bruna Elías, Silvia Morales, Lea Ducher or Carla Ferrando (among others) to quickly step up and set their eyes for a spot at the up and coming Tokyo Olympics Games.
In these efforts to bring in the younger generation players to build more experience and their confidence for a high level of play. Three veterans from the senior squads have had a fundamental role in their development. Marina Bravo, Bárbara Plà and María Casado have gone over and beyond to prepare for the tournaments. With Ingrid Algar and Teresa Bueso also returning from Injury bringing in their experience, helping lead the squad in Madrid Rugby 7s. Undoubtedly the Valencian women will make a big impact to the team.
The ladies selected for the games are: