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Bristol Ladies Star To Captain England Sevens In Dubai

Abbie Brown will lead England Women’s squad for the first tournament of the World Series in Dubai starting today.

Brown, who made her debut on the world series circuit in Sao Paulo earlier this year, will captain the side and is joined by fellow Team GB and Bristol Ladies team mate Amy Wilson Hardy. 

There are five new names for England, including Bristol's Katie Mason, having her first taste of the global sevens competition in Dubai.

England are drawn in Pool C and will kick off the opening day against Spain, before facing Canada and Brazil.

"Our focus this season is very much to qualify for the 2018 World Cup through the HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series," said Simon Middleton.

“We have a mix of new players and returning Olympians within the squad. It is important that we invest game time with the new players as tournament experience is critical if we are going to be competitive on the world’s biggest stages down the line.

“The squad has been working hard to become physically conditioned to play sevens and we look forward to getting the World Series underway.”

The squad travelled on Saturday, with Middleton overseeing the coaching programme, supported by James Bailey for the first leg of the series with further rounds in Sydney, Kitakyushu, Langford and Clermont-Ferrand.

Last season England finished fourth in the HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series, winning the Langford leg and narrowly losing out to Canada on third after the final round in Clermont-Ferrand.

England started the tournament this morning in winning ways with a 31-7 victory over Spain. 

England next take on Brazil at 10.56am before facing Olympic bronze medallists Canada at 2.15pm GMT.

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