Pro Rugby Coach’s Emily Scarratt captains GB Sevens at Olympics
Pro Rugby Coach’s Emily Scarratt has been chosen to captain the Great Britain Women’s Sevens team for the Rio Olympic Games.
The 26-year-old says she will be realising a “childhood dream” when she runs out for competition at the world’s most famous sporting event.
Emily’s inclusion in the squad came after a lengthy wait for the England international, who will be hoping to add some more memorable experiences to a glittering career.
Already with a World Cup winners’ medal at 15-a-side, Scarratt has 59 caps to her name and has become a vital cog in both formats of the game for her country.
Emily’s focus at next month’s Olympic Games in Brazil will be on representing more than one country as she walks out with the GB vest on.
She will captain a team of 12 women who have been chosen for an event which we see them up against hosts Brazil, Japan and Canada in the pool stages.
It will be the first time in 108 years that Team GB has had representation in rugby at Olympic level and a first for the seven-a-side format.
Competition takes place over six days with the women competing first from August 6-8 at the Deodoro Stadium in a pool which includes hosts Brazil, Japan and Canada.
The men’s competition follows from August 9-11 with Kenya, Japan and New Zealand waiting in the pool stages for Team GB.
Emily said she was “immensely proud” to take her part in the squad and to lead such a talented team to Rio.
“To wear the GB shirt and compete in the Olympic Games is a childhood dream that we are now, as a team, turning into reality,” she said.
“As a squad, we are looking forward to being among the first athletes to play rugby sevens on the world’s biggest sporting stage.
“I am immensely proud to be representing Great Britain and introducing women’s rugby to new audiences.”
The women’s squad have been training full time as a wider GB group since October last year.
They have played in invitational and training tournaments around the world this season alongside England’s exploits on the circuit.
Team GB Chef de Mission, Mark England, said: “It’s great to welcome rugby back into the Olympic family and announce our first squad of players in the sport for more than a century.
“These players have incredible pedigree in the sport and bringing them together to form the first ever Team GB sevens squads is very special. Each of them will now forever be a part of British Olympic history.”
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