Team GB ended their Tokyo 2020 Rugby sevens men’s tournament today, finishing in fourth place after a 17-12 loss to Argentina in the Bronze medal match.
Despite a disappointing end, the men’s team can be proud of themselves and the women will be hoping to take inspiration after a long year for both sides.
Team GB’s Olympic chances in the Rugby sevens were thrown into chaos last year after funding was cut due to the devastating impact of the pandemic.
Luckily enough, the unions and the National Lottery struck a deal, giving Team GB enough breathing space to be able to bring the two squads together for the Olympic Games.
The women's team will have been feeling both the excitement and nerves of watching their male counterparts - and now it’s there turn.
Who is in the Team GB Rugby elevens women’s squad?
15 of England Women Sevens’ squad were included in the Olympic squad including Abbie Brown, who competed for Team GB at the 2016 Rio Olympics – where they finished fourth. The squad is littered with experience and also youth, with Brown, Natasha Hunt and Jasmine Joyce the only survivors from the team that featured in 2016.
Meanwhile, Megan Jones has become a regular in the England set-up after becoming a non-playing reserve for the team that went to Rio.
After announcing the squad last month, women’s head coach Scott Forrest said: “For the 13 that are selected, when you look at the squad on paper it’s very exciting. This squad for me has the potential to go and win a gold medal. We’ve definitely got the potential and that for me as a coach is really exciting.”
GB women: Holly Aitchison, Abbie Brown, Abi Burton, Deborah Fleming, Natasha Hunt, Megan Jones, Jasmine Joyce, Alex Matthews, Celia Quansah, Helena Rowland, Hannah Smith, Emma Uren.
When do the Team GB Rugby elevens women’s squad play their first match?
The women’s squad kick off their tournament in Pool A - alongside Kenya, New Zealand and the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC).
The team will take on ROC in their first match - taking place in the early hours of tomorrow morning (July 29) at 3am BST. That means a late night for any of you women’s rugby fans!
Don’t worry if you can't stay awake for that one, as GB will take on New Zealand on the same day at 10:30am BST. That sounds a bit easier.
GB’s final match of Pool A will be on Friday (July 30) at 3am BST, as they take on Kenya.
If the women’s squad was to reach either the Bronze Medal Match or the Gold Medal Match, then they will both take place between 8:30am and 11am BST on Saturday (July 31).
Here is the rest of the schedule for the Rugby elevens tournament:
Friday July 30
Time: 8:30am to 11:30am UK
Womens Placing 9-12 (2 matches)Women’s Quarter-finals (4 matches)
Saturday July 31
Time: 1am to 4pm UK
Women’s Placing 11-12Women’s Placing 9-10Women’s Placing 5-8 (2 matches)Women’s Semi-finals (2 matches)
Time: 8:30am to 11am UK
Women’s Placing 7-8Women's Placing 5-6Women’s Bronze Medal MatchWomen’s Gold Medal Match