ZOE STARS IN EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL

15 Sep
ENGLAND WOMEN'S UNDER-18 SEVENS SQUAD

ENGLAND WOMEN’S UNDER-18 SEVENS SQUAD

The rest of Europe were no match for England in a tournament hailed as a showcase for the continent’s “stars of tomorrow”. 

With most of the players new to international rugby and most of the nations competing never having played women’s international rugby at this age group before, what little experience some teams made a huge difference to the final result.

Runners-up Wales and third-placed Netherlands both demonstrated the value of a strong junior programme, with the Welsh players undoubtedly benefiting from coming straight into the event from an inter-regional sevens tournament at the UK’s Sainsbury’s Schools Games.

It was England who stood out from the start. Not only had their squad also benefited from participation in Schools Games, but their squad included Sydney Gregson and Abbie Brown, who already have full international experience, and were led by Amy Cokayne, who played NPC rugby as a schoolgirl in New Zealand and trained with the Black Ferns before returning to England last year. Amongst the side were seven players from Hartpury College including Scarborough’s ZOE ALDCROFT.

England scored 45 unanswered tries in their six games, scoring 269 points and conceding none. Their closest game was their 36-0 win over Russia in the semi-final, with all other games being won by a margin of 43 points or more, culminating in a 54-0 win over Wales in the final.

information thanks to scrumqueens.com

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