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Final squads of the year named

The Lions and Lionesses have confirmed their 12 player squads for the Grenada Rugby World 7s, which kicks off on Friday 2nd December 2022, at the Grenada National Cricket Stadium.


Hosted for the first time in the island of Grenada, the event has welcomed teams from the UK, Canada, USA and many more to compete for the trophy for the first time since 2019 due to Covid.


Paul Tietjens will lead of both squads as Head coach, assisted by Stuart Aimer.


The Lions squad sees 5 players retain their place from the trophy winning tournament at the RugbyTown 7s back in August - Avery Smiles-Tyson, Jago Ford, Tom Derrick, Vice-Captain Austin Beckett, and Skipper Arun Watkins, with the last three players playing together again as a trio from Dubai 7s 2021 and Rugbytown. Returning to the squad is Pelo Kgatlhanye, Jack Blackmore and Will Aylen who returns for the first time since JUne due to injury. Coming into the squads are 4 debutants - Lewis Dennett a former fly-half at Richmond, currently at Manly, Max Trimble a winger currently plying his trade with Rosslyn Park formerly of Richmond & Coventry, George Paul, a half-back currently completing his studies at Hartpury University and Oli Beech an 18 year old who spent his summer learning his 7s at Samurai.


The Lionesses squad is led by Anna Davies, with Nicole Kwee as Vice-Captian. Sophie Peters, Lucy Peters, Suzie Flowers, Pippa Robinson, Willow Bell, Bobbie Haywood and Sophie Bennett all featured on numerous occasions during the summer season and return to the squad for the RW7s this weekend. Debuts in Grenada are – Scottish star player Holly McIntyre, Zoe Heeley and Lizzie Musa.




THE FULL SQUADS:

LIONS:

1- WILL AYLEN – SPONSORED BY MANDEVILLE

2- ARUN WATKINS © - SPONSORED BY READY FOR RUGBY

3- JACK BLACKMORE – SPONSORED BY WHOLE LOTTA COMEDY

4- LEWIS DENNETT – SPONSORED BY COL PALFREY

5- TOM DERRICK – SPONSORED BY BETH JEFFERIES THERAPY

6- AUSTIN BECKETT – SPONSORED BY EGGCHASER

7- PELO KGATLHANYE – SPONSORED BY REVOLUTION

8- AVERY SMILES-TYSON – SPONSORED BY THE 0 WINDSOR

9- MAX TRIMBLE – SPONSORED BY AIMER SEVENS ACADEMY

10- OLI BEECH – SPONSORED BY COL PALFREY

11- JAGO FORD – SPONSORED BY SARAHS TRUST

12- GEORGE PAUL – SPONSORED BY ADVICE ACADEMY



LIONESSES

1- LIZZIE MUSA – SPONSORED BY W RUGBY

2- ANNA DAVIES © - SPONSORED BY VENTURE CAPITAL FINANCE

3- SOPHIE BENNETT – SPONSORED BY EGGCHASER SEVENS

4- SUZIE FLOWERS – SPONSORED BY AIMER SEVENS ACADEMY

5- NICOLE KWEE – SPONSORED BY SPORTS SOCIETY

6- SOPHIE PETERS – SPONSORED BY EGGCHASER

7- LUCY PETERS – SPONSORED BY COL PALFREY

8- ZOE HEELEY – SPONSORED BY EGGCHASER

9- WILLOW BELL – SPONSORED BY THE USPIRE GROUP

10- PIPPA ROBINSON – SPONSORED BY MY FIRST RUGBY BOOK

11- BOBBIE HAYWOOD – SPONSORED BY BRYNWELL SOUTHERN

12- HOLLY MCINTYRE – SPONSORED BY EGGCHASER SEVENS


MANAGEMENT TEAM:

- HEAD COACH – PAUL TIETJENS

- ASSISTANT COACH & HEAD OF PERFORMANCE – STUART AIMER

- LEAD MEDICAL – BETH JEFFERIES – SPONSORED BY 99 RAINMAKER

- PHYSIOTHERAPIST – SARAH PRIOR




We would like to thank our core sponsors for their support in 2022


- DREAMLAND UK – HEADLINE PARTNERS OF THE LIONS

- BELISSIMA – HEADLINE PARTNERS OF THE LIONESSES

- SURREY VET CLINIC

- EGGCHASER

- ASBW CONSULTING












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