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Squads have been declared for the final round of the HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series in Clermont-Ferrand this weekend.
New Zealand are hoping to seal their fourth series title in France, as they sit on top of the standings going into the sixth round. The only other teams who can claim top prize are Canada and Australia, who are both tied for second place on 82 points, 14 behind the leaders.
Hosts France are without inspirational captain Fanny Horta in Clermont-Ferrand, while Irish captain Lucy Mulhall (pictured above) is also ruled out due to injury.
Canada have one debutant this weekend, while England have brought six players who will make their first sevens series starts at the Stade Gabriel Montpied.
England captain Katie Mason said: “This weekend for us is about bringing in new and exciting talent and giving them a chance to play on the series. We were in Brive last week so we’ve prepared well and acclimatised to the warm weather here, so we’re looking forward to just getting out there.
It’s been a tough season for England, who are one of the teams battling to secure a spot at next year's Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco.
"It's been up and down. We started well in Dubai, not so good in Sydney and Vegas, but we pushed on from there and I think we've learned massive lessons this year. It's been a great time for us to build as a team and we can look forward to next year where there are Commonwealth Games and Rugby World Cup Sevens."
The action gets underway on Saturday from the Stade Gabriel Montpied in Clermont. Click here to find out where you can watch all the action.