Rugby star Clapp ready for England Sevens debut

PUBLISHED: 15:02 27 February 2017 | UPDATED: 09:29 02 March 2017

Lotte Clapp in action. Picture courtesy of England Rugby/Lissy Tomlinson/rugbymatters

Lotte Clapp in action. Picture courtesy of England Rugby/Lissy Tomlinson/rugbymatters

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England Sevens player Lotte Clapp, from Welwyn Garden City, is set to make her World Rugby HSBC Women's Sevens Series debut in Las Vegas this weekend.

The former Sir Frederic Osborn School pupil is in the 12-player squad for the third leg of the weekend’s competition (March 3-4).

Coach James Bailey has made three changes to the side following a disappointing performance last time out in Sydney, Australia.

One of the squad alterations is the addition of ex-Welwyn RFC player Clapp, now of Saracens, who has 10 senior 15-a-side caps and scored a try in England’s Six Nations win over Italy last year.

In America, England face a tough opening day of competition.

They are drawn in Pool C against Olympic champions Australia, current series leaders New Zealand and Brazil.

Bailey said: “The result in Sydney was disappointing, but the players have responded well in training ahead of this next round.

“The squad has shown resilience and we have been working hard on all aspects of our performance to ensure we move forward in Las Vegas.

“The USA Sevens will be a challenging tournament for this group having been drawn in the same pool as Australia, New Zealand and Brazil.

“However it will be another opportunity for the squad to test themselves against some of the best teams in the world.”

England sit eighth in the World Rugby HSBC Women’s Sevens Series standings after they were defeated 17-12 by Brazil in the final of the Challenge Trophy in Sydney and a fourth place finish in Dubai.

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