The game of 7’s Rugby is one of the new sports to be included in the 2016 Olympics, held in Rio de Janeiro. The women’s 7’s National Team commenced upon a 3 year project which began in September of 2012, part of a long term development strategy. The head coach of the 7’s team is Richard Hennessy.
The team achieved, and no doubt surprised, it’s aim within the 3 year period. The 2013 team rose from the European Division B to Division A, winning the tournament held in Bratislava. In 2014 the Division A tournament was held in Bergen, whereby the team finished a comfortable 6th place. In 2015 the team went above the self-set expectations by finishing in 2nd place and the Division A tournament held in Kaunas. Finishing in 2nd place elevated the team to the European Top 12 for the 2016 season. The team also secured a placement in the European Olympic Qualifiers, held in Lisbon.
The National Team squad is chosen yearly in the Autumn and the squad then trains monthly at Eerikkila Sports Institute, as well as taking part in several tournaments throughout Europe. In additions to this the players based in the capital train together once a week.
More info about the team can be sourced from Giles Cooper, Team Manager; tmwomen7(@)rugby.fi
The representatives of the team in Kaunas, Lithuania were:
Maria Huitti, Taina Kolehmainen, Kati Miettinen, Miina Porkka, Satu Raudasoja, Eve Sapattinen, Virpi Sironen, Anna Soiluva, Juuli Suominen, Lilli Tikkanen, Ulla Tuomainen, Sofia Ukkonen.
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