Commonwealth Games: Abbie Brown to captain England women's rugby sevens

Abbie Brown at the 2016 Olympics
Abbie Brown made her England international debut in 2015
2018 Commonwealth Games
Venue: Gold Coast, Australia Dates: 4-15 April
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Abbie Brown will captain England as women's rugby sevens makes its debut in the Commonwealth Games next month.

The 21-year-old, who helped Great Britain reach the Olympic semi-finals at Rio 2016, will lead a squad of 12 players and one travelling reserve.

Emily Scarratt, who played in England's 2017 Rugby World Cup final against New Zealand, will be vice-captain in a squad featuring seven Olympians.

England will face Australia, Fiji and Wales in Pool B on 13-14 April.

England sevens players Deborah Fleming and Jess Breach - who scored nine tries in her Sydney Sevens tournament debut earlier this year - are also included.

"As a new squad, the players and management have worked tremendously hard to bring this squad together and also transition the experienced 15s players back to sevens within in a short time frame," Team England head coach James Bailey said.

"We have a lot of incredibly talented, world-class players in this side who are willing to work exceptionally hard for each other - and it's that level of dedication and commitment that we're hoping will bring success at the Games."

England squad: C Allen, A Brown (Capt), L Thompson, E Scarratt, N Hunt, D Fleming, H Fisher, E Scott, A Matthews, M Jones, J Breach, A Wilson-Hardy.

Travelling reserve: V Fleetwood.

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