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Sarah McKenna misses France but gets call up for Canada tour

Sarah McKenna has been selected for England Women’s Super Series tour in Canada.

Harpenden’s Sarah McKenna has missed out on selection for the England Women’s Sevens trip to France this weekend [June 20/21], and will instead be heading to Canada with the first XV for the Super Series. The Sevens team travels to France for the final round of the Rugby Europe Grand Prix on Saturday with qualification for the Olympics in Rio already secure. McKenna will join the first XV in Canada for their first action since the fourth-placed finish at the Six Nations.

“My short-term focus is with the Sevens and the Olympics next year and World Cup in 2017, but I want to play XVs,” she said. McKenna made her England XVs debut in the Six Nations and is looking forward to the time and space that the format affords. “Sevens is all go,” said the full-back. “I can have a real hand in the game at XVs because there’s more time and I can try things out.”

As well as the hosts, England will be joined in Canada by New Zealand and America.“It’ll be great to play really competitive matches and see how far we’ve come in the last year,” she said.

Reprinted from The Herts Advertiser 18th June 2015