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With England Women Sevens preparing for the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Langford this weekend, captain Abbie Brown reveals her journey into the sport and some of her favourite memories during that time.
What do you remember about the first time you played sevens?
“I first started playing sevens socially, but in terms of England my first cap was in Moscow when I was 18 and we won. I remember playing Russia in the final which was pretty brutal and a huge learning curve for me.
“I knew I liked sevens, but it wasn’t until the following year that I got called into the Elite Performance Squad 15s side and then into the sevens team again, which is when I fell in love with it a bit more and realised that it was what I wanted to specialise in."
Can you describe your route into England sevens?
"I first started playing sevens at Hartpury College where we won the Rosslyn Park tournament two years in a row.
“The transition wasn’t too hard, sevens suits my natural game more than 15-a-side. It was difficult at times, and it could be quite a daunting situation because you cannot shy away from anything - it is all or nothing.
“I was still at college at the time, before I went to Russia, and I got injured a week before we were due to go, but my dad drove me from Exeter to see the physio at Twickenham and I was cleared to play.
“The more I played, the more I fell in love with the game."
How would you sell the game to someone new?
“It's a fast and physical game that is enjoyable to watch, you’ve got so many games going on in one day, there is always something happening.
"The beauty of sevens is that anything can happen in the 14 minutes you’re playing.
“Give it a go, play socially with your friends; sevens is all about enjoyment.
What’s the most memorable game you’ve ever played in?
“My favourite tournament is Dubai, the atmosphere is amazing and it’s an exciting event to be a part of.
"One game that stands out is when we went to Langford in 2016 and won. We were in such a good place and it was a time for me personally when it all clicked, and we bonded really well as a team.”