College Student Joins England Women Sevens Squad

Bishop Burton College student Rachael Woosey has been called up to represent England in the upcoming World Rugby HSBC Women’s Sevens Series.

The student, who is currently part of the College’s rugby academy programme, has been asked to join the team by England’s assistant coach, James Bailey, following an impressive season. 

Woosey will join the 12-strong squad this week, and will travel over to Sydney for some pre-tournament training. Their first game, against Spain will kick off at 1.30am on 3rd February. It will be the 18-year-old’s World Series debut. 

College Chief Executive and Principal Jeanette Dawson OBE, said; “I am thrilled for Rachael and her achievements to-date. Not only does she hold down a gruelling training regime as part of our academy programme, she also does it whilst studying an academic qualification. We wish Rachael much luck for her World Series debut and will be tuning in without fail to see how the team fares.”

Rachael will be playing alongside Team GB’s Abbie Brown, who will captain the side, Heather Fisher, Alice Richardson-Watmore and Jo Richardson-Watmore, all of whom competed in the semi-finals of the Rio Olympics.

“I can’t believe I’ve been selected to represent my country,” said Rachael. “It’s a huge honour and one that I’m really looking forward to. To play alongside ladies of this calibre, people that I’ve looked up to for so long, will be a fantastic experience and one I’ll never forget.”

England are drawn in Pool C and will kick off the opening day against Spain, before facing USA and Russia. Pool games will be available to view online via with Sky broadcast live for the play off finals.

On the tournament, team assistant coach James Bailey added: “Our focus this season remains very much to qualify for the 2018 World Cup through the HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series. Sydney will be another great opportunity for the squad to test themselves against the best teams in the world."