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Your News England's Women through to 1/4 Finals in Dubai

England Women kicked-off the Dubai Exiles Rugby 7s at a blistering pace on Thursday, and in turn booked their place in Friday's quarter-finals.

The England Sporting Chance Foundation side recorded a 39-0 win over Aylesford Bulls and then an impressive 34-7 victory over the USA in the pool games.

In total England ran in 14 tries, with Richmond's Alice Richardson topping the scoring list with three touchdowns.

England now has one more pool fixture to play against a Wooden Spoon side on Friday, comprising of several international players, before contesting the quarterfinals on Friday also.

England Head Coach Simon Amor said: "This was a really good start to the tournament. I am very pleased, and overall the players demonstrated some first class rugby although we know we still have some fine tuning to do.

"We may already be in the quarterfinals but Friday's Wooden Spoon game is going to be a tough fixture - they have some very good players in that team - and after that we will wait and see who we play in the quarterfinals."

The Dubai 7s is England's first test of the new season and acts as a vital warm-up tournament ahead of the 2009 iRB inaugural Women's Rugby World Cup 7s, in March in Dubai also.

England head into this season on the back of a highly successful year in 2008, which saw them record a clean sweep of wins in the Amsterdam 7s, the London Emirates Airline 7s, the Home Nations Cup and the European 7s.

England 7s squad

Sue Day (c) Wasps

Sarah Beale Lichfield

Maggie Alphonsi Saracens

Amy Turner Richmond

Heather Fisher Wasps

Charlotte Barras Saracens

Jo Yapp Worcester

Danielle Waterman Blaydon Team Northumbria

Alice Richardson Richmond

Vicky Massarella Richmond

Claire Allan Saracens

Michaela Staniford Wasps

England v Aylesford Bulls

Score: 39-0

Tries: Yapp, Beale (2), Allan (2), Staniford, Barras.

Conversions: Massarella (2)

Half-time score: 17-0

England v USA

Score: 34-7

Tries: Barras, Richardson (3), Fisher, Yapp.

Conversions: Richardson (2).

Half-time score: 14-7

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