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GB Rio campaign steps up

The programme for the team who will represent Great Britain at next year's Olympics in Rio has taken a step up with two players each from Wales and Scotland joining England's fulltime squad for a three-month training programme in Guildford.

The WRU and SRU have nominated two players each to join England’s training base at Surrey Sports Park to train full time.

Laurie Harries and Jasmine Joyce from Wales and Stephanie Johnston and Megan Gaffney from Scotland have joined England’s squad of 19 full-time professionals. They will train together four days a week while also competing in three training tournaments, including one in Spain and one in Dubai, before the end of the year.

GB Women’s Sevens Head Coach Simon Middleton said: “It is fantastic to bring the players from England, Scotland and Wales together for an intense period of time. This is going to be a really important stage in the squad’s development as we give the players a chance to get to know each other, bond, and learn and develop from each other. I have been very impressed with what I have seen so far, and I will be looking forward to seeing how they go come competition time.”

Harries joins the GB training camp as an integral member of the Wales sevens and 15-a-side programme while Joyce burst on to the sevens scene last year when making her debut in Dubai on the wing.

Scotland’s Johnston has captained Scotland Sevens previously and run out in the Six Nations while Gaffney, like Johnston, has previously represented GB Sevens at the World Student Games.

"This is going to be a really important stage in the squad’s development as we give the players a chance to get to know each other, bond, and learn and develop from each other."