Russia performed well over the course over the 2016/2017 season, even giving some of the big guns in Women’s Sevens a run for their money. Placing 5th at the end of the season, Russia’s best finish was at the first leg of the circuit in Dubai where they walked away with 3rd. While Russia didn’t qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympics, they have secured a spot at the 2018 Rugby Sevens World Cup, after winning the Europe Women’s Grand Prix Sevens in 2017.
In Russia there are 9 million more women than men.
Player to watch:
After only two seasons on the World Series circuit, Elena Zdrokova has made already made a huge impression. She was a standout player in Dubai, helping her team secure third place. As Russia’s leading try scorer, Zdrokova crossed the line 14 times in just the first two legs of the circuit, going on to score a total of 28 tries over the season.
World Series ranking 2016/2017:
2017 Sydney Sevens placing: