Emily Scarratt leads England to World Sevens title in Canada
Pro Rugby Coach Emily Scarratt has captained England Women to the World Sevens Series title in Canada.
The 26-year-old, who is already a World Cup winner in the XV-a-side format, played a key role in her country’s first series cup win since 2013.
England Women overpowered New Zealand 31-14 in the final to win the Langford Sevens.
New Zealand scored the opening try in a thrilling first half that contained five tries but England led 19-14 at the break, with two tries from Heather Fisher.
England never let go of their lead to follow on from a stunning semi-final win over favourites Australia, which saw Emily score a breakaway try.
Emily, who has devised some excellent content on the Pro Rugby coach site, said she was proud of the team’s efforts and delighted to lift a trophy.
“It was an awesome first half in the final,” she said. “There was a bit of ping pong to start, with tries scored and conceded, but the girls dug deep.
“We’ve had a good couple of weeks out here in America and Canada and it’s been a really long while for an England Women’s Sevens team to get something like this in our hands. We’re over the moon.”
There are just four months now until the Sevens appears in the Rio Olympics.
Heading into the final round of the World Sevens Series in Clermont-Ferrand, France on 28-29 May, England remain third in the overall standings, but now sit just four points behind New Zealand in second place.
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