Brazilian flair is no match for Hartpury’s super Sevens quartet

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Four Hartpury students were in devastating form for England Sevens Development team as they romped to a hat-trick of victories over Brazil.

Abbie Brown, Megan Jones, Lucy Nye and Sydney Gregson, who are all on the Hartpury Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE) Women’s Rugby programme, played in all three matches against their South American counterparts.

Gregson and Jones scored four tries apiece while Brown weighed in with three and Nye also crossed the whitewash as England picked up 34-0, 46-0 and 38-5 wins, scoring 20 tries and only conceding one in the last play of the last match.

These individual representative honours are the latest in a string of achievements for Hartpury’s Under-18s girls, who recently successfully defended their Rosslyn Park Sevens title.

The college's AASE A team racked up an incredible 230 points during the tournament and did not concede a single point as they swept all before them. The college's AASE B team were unlucky not to make the final of the prestigious competition too, losing out to their Hartpury A team counterparts in the semi-final.

Five girls from the AASE programme were also selected to play a double-header against France for England Under-20s in February, including Abbie Brown.

Hartpury AASE Women's Rugby Manager, Peter Cook, said: “It’s always fantastic when any of our players are selected to play for their country and I know they were all hugely proud to run out for England. And it’s not every day that England teams get to celebrate beating Brazil, not least three times!

“Being part of the England Sevens Development squad is a deserved reward for all the hard work these girls are putting in on the AASE programme and playing the shorter format of the game at such a high level can only help to improve their all-round skills and player development.”

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