Danielle Waterman will be hoping England can make it two from two this weekend when England return to action in the HSBC World Sevens Series in Clermont-Ferrrand.
Waterman was part of the England team that lifted the trophy in the last leg of the World Series in Canada – England Sevens’ first trophy since 2013 – and she will be eager for a repeat of this success as Rio beckons.
Head Coach Simon Middleton has made two changes to his squad for the final leg of the World Series with Claire Allan and Natasha Brennan replacing Sarah Mckenna and Jo Watmore.
Drawn in Pool A, England face Spain, USA and Kenya, who make their World Series debut on Saturday. Having landed the maximum 20 points in Canada, England enter the final leg third with 60 points, behind Australia (76) and New Zealand (64) in the overall standings.
“We have secured a top three finish in three of the four tournaments so far this Series,” said Middleton. “That will be our aim again this time. It was great to get the win in Langford under our belts and show people what the squad are capable of.
“We expect tough competition in France and look forward to it, in what will be the final time we meet most of these teams before going out to Rio for the Olympics.
“With just over two months now until Rio, we felt it important to look at different combinations,” Middleton explained.
SQUAD FOR CLERMONT-FERRAND
Emily Scarratt (C)
POOL A FIXTURES, 28 MAY
England v USA 11.44am CEST
England v Kenya 2.28pm CEST
England v Spain 5.12pm CEST
(coverage on WorldRugby.org and Sky Sports)