They said they would do it back in February – and now they have.
Following a successful trial involving over 50 players, a squad of 16 players from across the region has been assembled by Bath Rugby Club’s Women & Girls Development Lead, Maria Crowfoot.
The announcement of the 16 players is another significant milestone in Bath Rugby history and marks another step forward in the club’s journey to developing a professional women’s team.
Bath Rugby Women’s Sevens Squad
Megan Barwick, Bath Rugby Ladies
Nia Grundy, Bath Rugby Ladies & University of Bath
Rebecca Lacey, Bath Rugby Ladies & University of Bath
Sofia Mazzone, North Dorset Vixens Ladies & Plymouth University
Mairéad McErlean, Bath Rugby Ladies & University of Bath
Leah McGoldrick, Bath Rugby Ladies
Hannah Meek, Bath Rugby Ladies
Robyn Price, Bath Rugby Ladies
Anya Small, Bath Rugby Ladies & University of West England
Eva Solt, University of Bath
Alicia Sutcliffe, North Bristol Ladies
Liv Taylor, Oakmeadians Ladies
Thea Thompson, Supermarine Ladies
Bethan Wakefield, Bath Rugby Ladies
Bethanie Wilson, North Petherton Ladies
Rebecca Wye, Bath Rugby Ladies
The group have spent the past couple of weeks training together and preparing for the Super Sevens Series.
They will undergo a development camp before heading to Newbury Sevens on Saturday 14 May.
A week later, the Blue, Black and White Sevens will play in South Island Sevens on the Isle of Wight before ending the month with a tournament taking place at London Irish’s training base, Hazelwood.
Bournemouth Sevens will take place at the start of June ahead of a competition at Stafford RFC and the Super Sevens Series will conclude at Aldershot Military Base on Saturday 25 June.
Bath Rugby Women’s Sevens will have high-quality 360 support from the Southern Academy of Sport throughout their Sevens season, which includes strength and conditioning, sports science and medical.
“We are hugely excited to be announcing 16 players who will represent Bath Rugby this spring,” Crowfoot, said.
“The make-up of the squad is a brilliant mix across our region and includes nine clubs/universities represented. It shows the wealth of talent we have, and we are looking forward to gelling them into our first-ever Women’s Sevens team.”
Bath Rugby Women’s Sevens partner with the Southern Academy of Sport
Bath Rugby Women’s Sevens have formed an exciting partnership with the Southern Academy of Sport.
The Chippenham-based company are specialists in athlete performance and their mission is to help athletes of all levels fulfil their potential by optimising physical performance and rehabilitating injury.
As well as supporting players in the Bath Rugby Academy pathway, the Academy have supported high performance athletes at events including the Olympics, Commonwealth Games and UFC.
The Southern Academy of Sport recognises preparation for sports performance goes beyond gym training, and aspires to make positive changes in the health, lifestyle and preparation of players through the four foundations of performance: Movement, Mindset, Recovery and Nutrition.
Their support will be key for the Bath Rugby Women’s Sevens side ahead of a number of top-flight Sevens tournaments.
Joe Alford, Southern Academy of Sport Performance Director, said: “We are proud to be supporting the first Bath Rugby Women’s Sevens team and are looking forward to helping lay foundations for the future success of the squad.
“Our aim is to provide the players and coaches with world-class Sports Science, Strength and Conditioning and Medical support, that allows them to optimise their performance on the pitch.”
Bath Rugby Women & Girls Development Lead, Maria Crowfoot, added: “It’s great to have the Southern Academy of Sport on board this spring.
“They are providing us with high-quality 360 support for our squad members, which includes strength and conditioning, sports science and medical.
“It’s fantastic to be supporting a local company with vast experience in helping athletes reach their full potential. I am looking forward to seeing the impact they can have on our players and integrating them into our coaching team.”
To find out more about the Southern Academy of Sport’s services please visit www.southernsport.co.uk.