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Packer Earns England Sevens Call-Up

Published on 23rd January 2013 by Tom Tainton

Bristol Ladies back rower set for World Series debut


Bristol Ladies' forward Marlie Packer is set for her England Sevens debut after being included in Head Coach Barry Maddocks’ side for the Women’s Sevens World Series round two (WSWS) in Houston, Texas next month.

Packer – a key member of the England squad for the traditional format of the game – will face New Zealand, the Netherlands and Trinidad & Tobago as England Sevens being preparations for the World Cup Sevens in Moscow in June.

“I am really excited to include Katy, Alex and Marlie in this squad,” said Maddocks. “The three of them are already really good rugby players but they have still got a lot to learn about sevens rugby.

This is a great opportunity for them and I am sure they will do themselves proud. I am certainly really excited to see how they do in Houston.

“This is a really tough pool undoubtedly but for us this tournament is about measuring where we are in relation to our opponents as we continue to prepare and build for the RWC Sevens.

“It is going to be hard but we will focus on each game as it comes and I know the players will put every effort into putting ourselves into the best possible place we can be at this stage of our journey.”