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Joyce named in GB Sevens Training Squad

Bristol Bears Women speedster Jasmine Joyce has been named in the initial GB Sevens training squad ahead of the forthcoming campaign

Joyce has set the Allianz Premier 15s alight in her debut season crossing the whitewash on twelve occasion so far this season including two hat-tricks against Harlequins and Exeter Chiefs.

Made possible by an innovative commercial partnership with The National Lottery, GB7s will operate a banded pay structure which will give equal opportunities across both the men’s and women’s programmes to be financially rewarded at the same level.

Women’s head coach Scott Forrest has selected a group of 19 players which features a number of experienced names who have competed in recent years on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series events and at international XVs level.

16 members of the squad have played club rugby in the Allianz Premier 15s throughout the 2020/21 season to date. The initial squad includes four players from Rio 2016 including Wales’ Jasmine Joyce and England’s Abbie Brown, Heather Fisher and Amy Wilson Hardy.

Both the men's and women's programme will be based at Loughborough University with their first camps set to take place in March ahead of their pre-Olympic tournaments in the lead up to July and the HSBC World Sevens Series 2021, details of which will be announced in due course.

The partnership with The National Lottery is funded from a National Lottery promotional fund. It is not being funded by money allocated for National Lottery Good Causes or by Camelot.

Team leader Charlie Hayter said: “Naming the two squads is a significant milestone for the GB7s programme. 

“The collaboration across all three unions and their respective partners has been brilliant to get us to this stage in a short amount of time. I would also like to thank the clubs for their support in allowing players to follow their short-term ambitions of competing at an Olympic Games.

“We are delighted to be able to confirm an equal pay structure up to the Olympics, and are, of course, grateful to the National Lottery for their fantastic support.

GB Sevens Women training squad in full:

Holly Aitchison (Saracens Women), Abbie Brown (Loughborough Lightning), Abi Burton (Wasps FC Ladies), Heather Fisher (Worcester Warriors Women), Deborah Fleming (Saracens Women), Megan Gaffney (Scotland Women’s Performance Programme), Hannah Jones (Gloucester-Hartpury), Megan Jones (Wasps FC Ladies), Jasmine Joyce (Bristol Bears Women)Rhona Lloyd (Loughborough Lightning), Alex Matthews (Worcester Warriors Women), Helen Nelson (Loughborough Lightning), Celia Quansah (Wasps FC Ladies), Chloe Rollie (Harlequins Women), Helena Rowland (Loughborough Lightning), Hannah Smith (Scotland Women’s Performance Programme), Lisa Thomson (Scotland Women’s Performance Programme), Emma Uren (Saracens Women),Amy Wilson Hardy (Wasps FC Ladies)


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