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GB men's and women's make 2 changes for decisive Singapore SVNS

By Josh Raisey
Will Homer #12 of Great Britain is congratulated by teammates after scoring the game winning try in their match against Ireland during day one of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series - Vancouver at BC Place on February 23, 2024 in Vancouver, British Columbia. Great Britain won 17-14. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images)

Great Britain men’s and women’s have named their squads for the Singapore SVNS this weekend, with two changes in each squad for a decisive leg in the HSBC SVNS Series for both sides.

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Jamie Farndale and Api Bavadra both return to the men’s squad, who did not feature in Hong Kong SVNS where GB finished eleventh. They will take the place of Femi Sofolarin and Jamie Barden at the Singapore National Stadium on May 3-5.

The two changes in the women’s squad see Jasmine Joyce and Rhona Lloyd return to the squad in place of Abi Burton and Alicia Maude, who were part of GB’s ninth-place finish in Hong Kong.

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With just one round of the regular season remaining before the Grand Final in Madrid, the Singapore SVNS will be the decisive leg of the season for both the men’s and women’s sides.

The men’s side sit in ninth place in the standings, just outside the top eight who will qualify for the Grand Final. As it stands, they are positioned to take part in the relegation battle. That could all change in Singapore though, with GB grouped in Pool B with series leaders Argentina, Fiji and, crucially, the USA, who sit only one place and seven points ahead of them in the standings.

The women’s team find themselves in a similar position to the men’s, although they stand one place higher in eighth place in the standings. They have been grouped with ninth-place Brazil in Pool C, who only trail them by two points, as well as Fiji and joint-series leaders Australia.

After six legs played so far this season, it all comes down to the pool stages in Singapore, which will define GB’s seasons.

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GB Men
3 Alex Davis
4 Kaleem Barreto
5 Ross McCann
6 Harry Glover
7 Jamie Farndale
9 Morgan Williams
10 Robbie Fergusson (c)
11 Ethan Waddleton
12 Will Homer
14 Max McFarland
15 Tom Emery
23 Api Bavadra
24 Charlton Kerr

GB Women
1 Lisa Thomson
4 Grace Crompton
5 Shona Campbell
6 Lauren Torley
7 Emma Uren (c)
9 Isla Norman-Bell
11 Jasmine Joyce (Abi Burton)
12 Amy Wilson Hardy
13 Ellie Boatman
16 Rhona Lloyd (Alicia Maude)
18 Kayleigh Powell
22 Jade Shekells
23 Heather Cowell

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