Swiss Women's XVs getting ready for the 2019-2020 Rugby Europe Trophy
Re-created last season, the Rugby Europe Women's Trophy kicks-off again next week with the Finland v Czech Republic game. The Swiss Women's XVs are preparing for their two November games.
After a successful 3-days training camp in the Valais in August to initiate the preparation, the Swiss Women's XVs squad gathered again last week-end in Basel for the 2nd training camp. A third one will take place in Avusy on the 26th-27th of October, at the end of which the selection for the 1st 2019-2020 Rugby Europe Women's Trophy* game will be announced.
Four countries, Czech Republic-Switzerland-Finland and Sweden (joingning this season) play in this competition. Switzerland will face the Czechs away in Brno on the 9th of November, and Finland home in Yverdon on the 23rd of November, as part of the Swiss Rugby Day double-header with the Swiss Men's XVs playing Poland.
We asked 3 players, from 3 different clubs and with various experience with the national team, what are their views on this new European campaign.
Stephanie KLUPP, Basel Birds and Swiss International since 2018
"With a pre-selection of 35 players (30 attending), the atmosphere was set for every player to be focused, and motivated to give 120%. The mix of new and experienced players created a good blend of new inputs and support on the pitch. It is nice to see the team growing together and the development of a complete game-plan; we get to know each individual teammate, from one training session to the next
The focus on Saturday was on ball handling drills, defensive work and fitness. On Sunday the forwards worked mainly on line-outs and positioning in contact, before rejoining with the backs for a final session of gameplay including set pieces.
It was great to see everyone improve on the fitness test and the forwards in the line-outs since the last training weekend. One of the goals for the forwards in the next training at the end of October will be working on the scrums and for the entire team to put all the pieces we have work on together to form the team we want to be.
For me personally it is the prepartion of my second international season, and it is great to see how far I have developed and all the possibilities ahead. I feel proud and excited to do my part in this team. At the beginning, joining the National team as a new and young player, I felt overwelmed but the more I got to know the processes and trainings the more comfortable I enjoyed the athmosphere. What I take home from this weekend are the little things I have worked and improved on since the last one and setting new personal goals to work on in the next four weeks before we rejoin again for the final preperation and the first Rugby Europe Trophy game against the Czech Republic."
Sophie MORSHER, Zurich Valkyries (Grasshopper Club Zurich Rugby) :
"Mit em Nationalteam z trainiere und sich uf en internationale Match vorbereite isch e grossi Freud und Herusforderig. D Vorbereitige sind sehr idrücklich und effizient mitem Ziel über sini eigene Grenze z wachse. Für mich isch de Lernprozess riesig und ich fühl mich sehr geert, en Teil vom Team z si."
Rebecca ELLIS, CERN Wilcats and Swiss International since 2012:
"Après 2016 (tournoi qualificatif pour la Coupe du Monde), l'équipe eu une phase de rebuilding. De nouveaux coachs sont arrivés, Quelques joueuses qui faisaient partie de l'équipe depuis plusieurs années sont parties, et de nouvelles joueuses ont commencé à arriver.
Bina, "Captain Magnificent" avec son cœur rouge et blanc, et Nicole, se sont assurées que le collectif reste soudé. L'équipe s'est diversifée, avec des joueuses de tous les clubs de Suisse, jeunes et expérimentées. Cette diversité crée des opportunités, l'équipe progressent, soudée autour de valeurs communes
Maintenant, il faut que le travail porte ses fruits; il est temps pour l'équipe de montrer sa capacité à ses battre, mettre en pratique les 'skills' travaillés pour atteindre nos objectifs. Et bien sûr en vouloir toujours plus et s'améliorer"
*In Europe, Italy-France-England-Ireland-Scotland-Wales play in the '6 Nations Tournament'. Spain-Russia-Germany-The Netherlands play in the '2nd division' called the Rugby Europe Championship. The 'Trophy' is the third division.
Photos credit Janine Schouwey