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Countdown to Dubai

The second Women's Sevens World Series begins in Dubai on 28th November, at 1pm local time. We will be adding all of the latest news in the build up to the tournament here - so watch this space!

Pools and fixtures

The pools and Day One fixtures were announced by the IRB in October. Canada and France will open the competition at 1pm local time (9am GMT, 10am CET) with fixtures, scores and a live stream available on the IRB's dedicated website.

Squads

Australia: Shannon Parry, Hanna Sio, Emilee Cherry, Saofaiga Saemo, Rachel Crothers, Amy Turner, Cobie Jane Morgan, Alicia Quirk, Emma Tonegato, Charlotte Caslick, Ellia Green, Sharni Williams (c)

Canada: Emily Belchos, (Markham Irish RFC), Nikki Case, (Yeoman Lions), Jessica Dovanne, (Velox RFC) Victoria, BC, Arielle Dubissette-Borrice, (Toronto Scottish RFC), Bianca Farella, (Town of Mount Royal RFC), Julia Greenshields, (Sarnia Saints), Sara Kaljuvee, (Toronto Scottish RFC), Ghislaine Landry, (Toronto Scottish RFC – captain); Kayla Moleschi, (Williams Lake Rustlers), Karen Paquin, (Club de Rugby Quebec), Kelly Russell, (Toronto Nomads), Ashley Steacy, (Lethbridge Rugby Club)

England: Claire Allan (Richmond); Natasha Brennan (Richmond); Rachael Burford (Thurrock); Abigail Chamberlain (Richmond); Fiona Davidson (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks); Megan Ellery (Durham University/Darlington Mowden Park Sharks); Sarah McKenna (Saracens); Harriet Millar-Mills (Lichfield); Leanne Riley (Saracens); Michaela Staniford (C) (Wasps); Kay Wilson (Bristol); Amy Wilson-Hardy (Bristol)

France Pauline BISCARAT (Bobigny), Laura DELAS (Tarbes Pyrénées Rugby), Koumiba DJOUSSOUVI  (Montpellier Hérault Rugby), Camille GRASSINEAU (Bordeaux), Fanny HORTA (USA Perpignan), Shannon IZAR (Lille MRCV), Marjorie MAYANS (Saint-Orens), PELLE Chloé (Lille MRCV), Alexandra PERTUS (Lille MRCV), Joanna SAINLO (Bobigny), Rose THOMAS (Bordeaux), Jennifer TRONCY (Montpellier Hérault Rugby) 

New Zealand: Linda Itunu, Honey Hireme, Shakira Baker, Alexis Tapsell, Sarah Goss, Carla Hohepa, Hayley Hutana, Hazel Tubic, Huriana Manuel, Selica Winiata, Shiray Tane, Kayla McAlister    

Russia: Rusiet Edidzhi, Anna Prib, Ekaterina Kabeeva, Svetlana Usatykh, Baizat Khamidova, Anna
Malygina, Marina Petrova, Mariya Titova, Nadezda Kudinova (Yarmotskaya), Ekaterina Kazakova, Anastasiya Mukhariamova, Anna Shemchuk

Spain: Alexandra Castillon (Barcelona), Carlota Meliz (Barcelona), Marta Cabane (GEiEG), Elisabet Martinez (GEiEG), Cristina Hayoung Song (GEiEG), Ana Vanesa Rial (Crat a Coruna), Marina Bravo (CR Cisneos), Maria Casado (CR Majadahonda), Barbara Pla (Getxo), Berta Garcia (Waikato), Patricia Garcia (Waikato), Irene Schiavon (Waikato)

USA: Jillion Potter, Kelly Griffin, Kathryn Johnson, Deven Owsiany, Lauren Doyle, Liz Sowers, Victoria Folayan, Lorrie Clifford, Dana Meschisi, Rebekah "Bex" Siebach, Amelia Villines, Megan Bonny

Ireland: Christine Arthurs (Tralee/Connacht), Siobhan Barrett (Tralee/Munster), Ashleigh Baxter (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster), Anna Caplice (UL Bohemians/Munster)
Nikki Caughey (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster), Amy Davis (Blackrock College/Ulster), Shannon Houston (Blackrock College/Leinster), Claire Keohane (UL Bohemians/Munster), Alison Miller (Portlaoise/UCC/Connacht), Larissa Muldoon (UWIC/Exile), Niamh Ni Dhroma (Buccaneers/Connacht), Laura O'Mahony (Tralee/Munster)

Others to be announced.

Other news:

  • England​ has announced that Simon Middleton will be their new women's sevens coach - although he will not take over until after Dubai. For the first tournament of the WSWS England will be managed by James Cooper and Susie Appleby, who were responsible for the English team that reached the final of the recent Souston Sevens in France.  Middleton - who played and coached at Leeds Carnegie - will also work withe the fifteens squad.
     
  • Fiji will be the team to watch in Dubai, says Melodie Robinson after both of their teams reached the final of the Coral Coast Sevens, ahead of strong teams from Australia and the Pacific.
     
  • Women's Invitational tournament - to be played alongside the WSWS. Pool A will include Adler (Germany national squad); Almaty RFC, Swiss Barbarians, Kenya Lionesses , and UAE. In Pool B will include Moscow Region, South Africa, Tuks Ladies 7s and West Coast Vikings 7s.
     
  • Waikato, the New Zealand NPC team, have six players playing in Dubai - three for New Zealand (Shiray Tane, Carla Hohepa, and Honey Hireme) and three for Spain (Irene Matteo, Berta Alonso, and Patricia Garcia.)