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Red Roses: Ellie Kildunne and Meg Jones to represent Team GB at the Olympic Games

Red Roses stars Ellie Kildunne and Meg Jones will represent Team GB in the Women’s Sevens at the Olympic games. 

Following their success in the Women’s Six Nations, which saw England win their third-successive Grand Slam, the duo joined up with the GB SVNS squad, and played in the recent Madrid SVNS.

Jones will be going to her second Olympic Games, after she also made the squad for the 2021 Games in Tokyo; however, this will be Kildunne’s first time at the Olympics.

Elsewhere in the squad, Welsh ace Jasmine Joyce will become the first British rugby player to reach three Olympic Games.

Commenting on the squad, Head Coach Ciaran Beattie, said: “As you might imagine, it was extremely difficult to name 14 at this stage, as there are so many excellent players who have performed on the World Rugby SVNS stage to secure qualification for these Olympic Games.”

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He added: “We want to be competitive in Paris and approach each match as one that can be won, with the ultimate aim of medalling, at the same time being respectful of the huge quality of other teams.”

Team GB Chef de Mission, Mark England, added: “It was thrilling to watch the women’s team qualify for the Paris Games as Team GB at the Krakow European Games last summer. I know that the selection process for the squad was extremely competitive, and I am delighted to welcome back Olympians Jasmine, Lisa, Emma, Amy and Meg, along with eight Olympic debutants.”

Team GB men still have work to do to qualify for Olympic Games in Paris

Team GB SVNS at Madrid-Credit: IMAGO

Whilst the Women’s team have already qualified, the men still have to wait to book their spot at the summer’s showpiece event.

If they hope to join their female colleagues in the French capital, they must win the Olympic repechage tournament in Monaco, which gets underway on Friday.

The men’s team claimed a silver medal in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

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