Women’s 7’s Team
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 Satu Raudasoja, Women’s Coordinator
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.
Women’s 15’s Team
The 15’s National Team training squad, for the season of 2015-16 trains in collaboration with the Women’s Academy. The squad is developing the talent and general rugby skills continually as well as the attributes needed for a 15’s specific game. With the aid of the academy the aim is to arrange friendly matches. The Coach of the Women’s 15’s National Team is currently vacant.
For further information on the 15’s team please contact Satu Raudasoja; Women’s Coordinator
The Rugby Academy’s aim is to offer players the chance to develop into better team players. Academy coaching techniques include a large amount of trainings as well as the use of video material which the player can further use within their club and the possibility of individual skills work. Academy training sessions consist of physical drills and testing in collaboration with the clubs. The Academy works with the unions partner Eerikkila Sports Institute. The coach of the Academy is Richard Hennessy
For further information on the Academy, please contact the Academy coordinator Satu Raudasoja; Women’s Coordinator