Katie Mason to captain England in final Sevens Series event

Last Updated: 19/06/17 4:20pm

Katie Mason leads England in the final Women's Sevens Series round

Katie Mason will captain an inexperienced England squad in the final round of the HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series in France.

Coach James Bailey has included six players from the Rugby Europe Women's Grand Prix Series in Malemort, a list that includes Mason.

Deborah Fleming, Kelly Smith, Lotte Clapp, Holly Aitchison and three-time try scorer Olivia Jones were also part of the fourth-placed team last weekend and will take part in Clermont-Ferrand on Saturday and Sunday.

Alongside Jones, Lottie Holland, Sophie Tandy and Jess Breach have all represented England at U20 level in the past two seasons.

Following their eighth-place finish in Langford last time, England are drawn in Pool B alongside Russia, Canada and Brazil, kicking-off against Rugby Europe Women's Grand Prix Series winners Russia on Saturday.

Sunday's finals will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Mix.

Bailey said: "Our goal for this weekend is to give international sevens experience to more players as part of our ongoing aim to build the strength and depth of our programme.

"It's exciting to see how the squad continues to develop and with so many players having made their debuts on the World Series this year, we want to continue to give them opportunities to progress, learn and build experience.

"We were pleased with our performance in Malemort, and while this weekend will throw up new challenges, it will be another valuable learning opportunity for this young squad."

The top four teams from the HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series, not including the four pre-qualified teams, will earn their place in the Women's Sevens World Cup in San Francisco in July 2018.

Going into the final leg of the six-tournament series, England sit in eighth place in the overall standings, 10 points behind France and eight above Ireland.

Eight more teams, including two European, will qualify through the regional championship placings.

England Women Sevens squad: Lucy Nye, Katie Mason (capt), Olivia Jones, Garnet Mackinder, Lauren Cattell, Deborah Fleming, Lottie Holland, Kelly Smith, Lotte Clapp, Sophie Tandy, Holly Aitchison, Jess Breach.

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