England women chase Team GB Rio sevens spot in Amsterdam

20 May 2015 / 10:33

Only the best will do for England Women’s Sevens, according to head coach Simon Middleton as he prepares his side for the final round of the Sevens World Series in Amsterdam this week.

Middleton has made one change to the squad that were victorious in the plate competition at Twickenham last weekend with Claire Allan coming in to replace Natasha Brennan.

England head to the Netherlands knowing they must finish ahead of USA and France and possibly Russia if they are to secure a top-four finish and follow in the footsteps of the men's team in booking their spot for Team GB at Rio 2016.

And with Russia, China and Australia to contend with first up in Pool B, Middleton knows his side will have to be on their game if they are going to get the job done.

“We are going into this leg with a really good performance against France in the London Sevens Plate final last weekend behind us,” said Middleton.

“The outcome will all be down to our performance. We know if we are poor, we will be exposed, but if we produce the performance we can get the results we want.

“As ever, our pool is tough. I think China are probably one of the best passing sides around  while Russia have made some changes so they’ll have some fresh legs.

"Finally, Australia will be one of the tournament favourites in Amsterdam. They were very impressive in London, pulling New Zealand apart in the semi-finals, so we know only our very best will do for that game.” 

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