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Paris Olympic Games 2024: England stars Ellie Kilduune and Megan Jones to join GB Sevens’ bid for gold
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Paris Olympic Games 2024: England stars Ellie Kilduune and Megan Jones to join GB Sevens’ bid for gold

Red Roses stars Ellie Kilnauw and Meg Jones will join up with the Great Britain Sevens program ahead of the 2024 Paris Olympics.

The duo were permitted by their respective clubs Harlequins and Leicester to make the switch and chase their Olympic dreams. They will be unavailable for the last four rounds of the Allianz Premiership Women’s Rugby but will return ahead of the 2024/25 season.

The pair are fresh off a Grand Slam-winning Six Nations with England in which Harlequins full-back Kilnauw scored nine tries en route to being the tournament’s top scorer while starting all five games.

Her try-scoring feats earned her a deserved nomination for both Player of the Championship and Try of the Championship, and now she sets her sights on gold in Paris.

Jones has been stellar for Leicester in their debut Premiership Women’s Rugby season and took that form into the Six Nations, bagging three tries in four starts.

Both will be available for the SVNS finals weekend in Madrid starting on May 31 to try and claim their place in the squad, with Sevens in Paris beginning on July 24. They’ll join several familiar faces, such as Wales’ Jasmine Joyce and Ealing Trailfinders duo Emma Uren and Ellie Boatman.

“Joining up with the GB Sevens squad is an incredible honor and an exciting opportunity to test myself with a new group of players,” Kilnauw said, who earned 39 caps for the England Sevens side previously.

“Competing at Paris 2024 would be a dream come true, and I’m determined to work hard to make it a reality.”

Jones, who has over 50 caps for GB, co-captained the team at the 2021 Games, where they finished fourth.

“It’s so exciting to join up with the talented GB Sevens squad ahead of this summer’s Olympic Games. This side has a genuine shot of becoming the first female Great Britain rugby Sevens team to win an Olympic medal and I would love to be part of that.” Jones added.

Great Britain narrowly missed a medal in Tokyo but the program has been revamped since then and the team qualified for the Olympics last year with a 33-0 win in the European Games against hosts Poland.

The women’s side sits eighth in the SVNS table, qualifying for the Grand Final in Madrid. They join New Zealand, Australia, France, the USA, Canada, Ireland, and Fiji in the Spanish capital from May 31 to June 2.

RFU Head of Women’s Performance Charlie Hayter said: “It is important to support our players’ dreams and aspirations. They very much remain a part of our long-term Red Roses future and hold great ambitions in an England shirt.

“The Sevens provides a different stimulus from a mental and physical standpoint. We feel exposure on the Sevens circuit will benefit their progression in a Red Roses shirt in the long run but also presents an opportunity for the players to put their hands up for selection at another major world event in a different environment.

“It’s a good challenge for Meg and Ellie to make an impact in the GB environment over the next couple of months and give themselves a chance to compete in the short format of the game on the biggest stage.”

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